Intention: For all whose work it is to care for people’s health and safety, that their hearts may be touched by God’s wisdom and compassion and that they may be guided by the Spirit in the performance of their duties.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 4:35-41
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
You, then, who have succeeded the Apostles in their work of catechizing and instructing the poor, if you want to make your ministry as useful to the Church as it can be, you must every day teach them catechism, helping them learn the basic truths of our religion, following the example of the Apostles, which is that of Jesus Christ, who devoted himself every day to this task. Like them you must also withdraw afterward to direct your attention to reading and to prayer, to learn thoroughly the truths and the holy maxims that you wish to teach, and through prayer to draw down God’s graces, which you need to do this work according to the Spirit and the intention of the Church, which entrusts it to you.
Eternal Father, in our image of your Son as a gentle and good shepherd, we can often overlook that he did not proclaim an easy Gospel. The demands of the Kingdom call us to humility and discipline and service. We pray for the grace and the inspiration to embrace every opportunity that we can to walk in Jesus’ footsteps. May we go to the places that he dared to go and seek to love and serve the people that he did, living our lives as true disciples. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.