Intention: For God’s blessing and guidance this week on our District’s first Mission Assembly.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 7:21-29
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’
Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
This is also what ought to engage you to have an altogether special esteem for the Christian instruction and education of children, because it is a means to help them become true children of God and citizens of heaven. This is the very foundation and support of their piety and of all the other good that takes place in the Church.
Thank God for the grace he has given you in your work of sharing in the ministry of the holy Apostles and the principal bishops and pastors of the Church. Honor your ministry by becoming, as Saint Paul says, worthy ministers of the New Testament.
Eternal Father, you sent to us your son Jesus not just so that we would worship him, but so that we would follow him. Sometimes we can confuse mere worship for true discipleship. Fill our hearts with a passion for service and for justice, for not just saying the right things but doing the right things. Help us to follow your ways and to use all of our lives to proclaim your truth. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.