Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Intention: That our Lasallian schools will continue to be places where the sinfulness of exclusion and marginalization is dispelled by the light of acceptance and respect.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 4:21-25
Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
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, you bless each of us with the ability to live our lives doing what we can for the sake of your Kingdom. May we have the courage to be your good and faithful servants, to use your gifts well and not bury them. Let your life and energy flow through us, giving us the compassion to care for one another. Help us to be committed to you, even in the face of many challenges. Teach us to use what you have given us to make our world an even better reflection of your love and peace. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.