Intention: That God’s peace and wisdom will touch the hearts of all whose lives are ruled by misunderstanding, anger, or fear.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
From the Fourteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Are you convinced that you are obliged to take care of your disciples during all the time they are in church, as much as when they are in school, in order to prevent them from doing anything even the least displeasing to God? Is it not also your responsibility to be attentive during the prayers you have them say, so that they do so with great piety, decorum, and respect as speaking to God?
Do you believe, perhaps, that you are responsible for your disciples only during the time of school, that your vigilance need not extend to their behavior outside of school in order to help them, as far as you are able, to live everywhere in a Christian manner and not associate with bad companions during the entire time they are under your guidance?
To give an account for their souls means to give an account of everything that concerns their salvation; to watch exactly means to watch over everything with diligence, omitting and neglecting nothing.
Eternal Father, we pray this day for the grace to be faithful to you. In the crowdedness of our days, we sometimes put other things ahead of our relationship with you and replace our brothers and sisters with our own ambition and selfishness. Help us to live gracefully and generously, to persevere and grow stronger in our faith, to be each other’s companions and guides on the path to salvation. May we always be grateful for the blessings of living in your presence and of serving one another. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.