Intention: For the gifts of integrity, dedication, and compassion for all who serve as educators, formators, and caretakers of the young.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 9: 46-50
An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”
Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
From the Fifteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Another reward in this life that those who work for the salvation of souls receive is their consolation in seeing God served well by those whom they have instructed and in realizing that their work has not been useless but has served to save those whom they were called upon to instruct.
In this spirit Saint Paul writes to the Corinthians, to whom he preached the Gospel, that he has begotten them in Jesus Christ and that they are his work in our Lord. Similarly, he finds joy to learn of their goodwill. This is what makes him boast about them, because many people have been stirred by their zeal. He adds his hope that the increase of their faith will attain so much glory that it will extend farther and farther to win souls through the proclamation of the Gospel. Yet, it is in our Lord that he boasts. It is only in Jesus Christ, he says, that I lay hold to some glory for what I have done for God.
Eternal Father, our lives often present us with a challenge in how we choose to look at one another: judgmentally or with understanding, in self-righteousness or in honesty. And so we pray, make us humble and gracious in all things. Help us to do our best for the sake of integrity and without thought of reward. Give us the ability to be charitable, forgiving, and patient with one other, remembering that each of us must struggle to overcome our shortcomings and our sinfulness. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.