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 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
From the Meditation on Saint Bernard | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Virtue cannot hide. When it is seen, it is attractive, and the example it gives makes such a strong impression on those who witness it practiced or who hear it talked about that most people are led to imitate it.
Is this the effect that your good behavior and piety produce in your students? It is the main means you ought to use to win them over to God.
Eternal Father, your Son warned us against the sin of hypocrisy. He showed us what happens when we think too highly of ourselves and forget to live with humility and gratefulness. Help us to be humble in our gentleness toward one another and in our faithfulness to you. May we turn away from judging others and learn to serve others with joy. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.