Intention: In thanksgiving for all Lasallian educators, whose faith and zeal for their ministry continues to make their schools places of salvation for all, especially those most in need.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
Saint James says, If someone says that he has the faith and that he does not have the works, of what use to him is his faith; can it save him? What would it benefit you, then, to teach your disciples the truths of the faith if you do not teach them to practice good works? For faith that is not accompanied by works is dead. It will not, then, be enough for you to have instructed your disciples about the mysteries and the truths of our holy religion if you have not helped them learn the chief Christian virtues and if you have not taken an altogether special care to help them put these virtues into practice, as well as all the good of which they are capable at their age. For no matter how much faith they may have or how lively it may be, if they do not commit themselves to practice good works, their faith will be of no use to them.
Eternal Father, your Son taught us not to confuse things that come from the world for those things that come to the world from you. And so we pray, help us to remember that it is not who we command but who we serve that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we give that make us rich; not what we know but what we value that makes us wise; not what we say but what we do that makes us real. Give us the strength of humble hearts, the wealth of generous hearts, the wisdom of open hearts, and the truth of loving hearts. This we ask of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.