Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
This Week’s Intention: That our Lasallian schools will continue to be places where the sinfulness of exclusion and marginalization are dispelled by the light of understanding, acceptance and respect for the dignity of every person.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 4:1-20
On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, “Hear this! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. He answered them, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.”
Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no roots; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”
From the Meditation on Saint Thomas Aquinas | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
In all his studies and all his writings, Saint Thomas had no other purpose than the glory of God and the building of the Church. Because of this he merited to have Jesus Christ give him this praise: Thomas, you have written well of me; what reward do you wish me to give to you for the great good you have done for the Church? But this saint had worked with such great disinterestedness for the good of the faithful, especially those who have to teach others, that he made no other reply than this, that he wanted no other recompense than God.
Your profession commits you to teach children the science of salvation, and you are bound to do this with total disinterestedness. Do you do this with the sole view of procuring the glory of God and your neighbor’s salvation? Declare to God that you will never have any other intention than that.
Eternal Father, your Son came to teach us, so that we might know how to hear your voice and let it take root within us. We pray that you will soften the hard ground of our hearts. Help us to be land that receives and nourishes your will. Help us to plant seeds that will grow into a world of peace and justice. Strengthen us inside and out to work for your Kingdom with faith and with zeal. 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.