SMHS StoneThursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

This Week’s Intention: For all Lasallian ministries as they recognize their graduating classes, that God may bless the graduates, continuing to inspire and guide them through all the days of their lives.

Today’s Gospel | John 17:20-26

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.  And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.  Father, they are your gift to me.  I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.  I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle

What ought to engage you further to have great zeal in your state is the fact that you are the ministers not only of God but also of Jesus Christ and of the Church.  This is what Saint Paul says when he expresses the wish that everyone ought to regard those who announce the Gospel as ministers of Jesus Christ, who write the letter that he has dictated, not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, which are the hearts of children.

For this reason and in this spirit, you must have the love and the glory of God as your single aim in the instruction of these children, for the love of God ought to impel you, because Jesus Christ died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who died for them.  This is what your zeal must inspire in your disciples, as if God were appealing through you, because you are ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son’s prayer to you was that the world would come to believe in the saving power of your love.  We pray that we might help move our world closer to you.  Help us to better know and care for one other.  Help us to wash away the selfishness and sorrow around us and welcome into our lives the light of your healing and goodness.  May we be the face and voice of your good news to all who you have entrusted to us, especially those who are most in need.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.