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 10:13-16
Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
From the Meditation on Saint Jerome | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Saint Jerome traveled over almost all the world in order to be able to consult with the greatest men of his time, especially those most versed in the science of Holy Scripture. In Athens he met Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, who told him that to understand well the meaning of Holy Scripture, it is necessary to begin by putting it into practice. This is why he followed the advice of this great saint, whom he began from that time to look upon as his teacher, and went at once into the Syrian desert to live there a holy and penitential life. As soon as he arrived there, he devoted himself to prayer, meditation on Holy Scripture, and the practice of all it teaches, spending nights in prayer and constantly fasting, separated from all contact with the world.
There he came to understand thoroughly what Saint Paul says, that knowledge sometimes puffs up, but charity edifies, and that if anyone thinks he knows something, he has not yet learned what he must know, but if anyone loves God, he is known and loved by God. Of what use, says the author of the Imitation, is knowledge without the fear of God? Of what use is it, he adds, to speak profoundly about the mystery of the most Holy Trinity if the person is displeasing to God for lack of humility?
You must have knowledge in order to teach, but be convinced that you will know the Gospel better by meditating on it than by committing it to memory.
Eternal Father, we are a people of faith, but sometimes our faith falters. We fail to understand that your power comes from compassion and love. Fill us with the zeal to seek your love, the grace to recognize your love, and the openness to share your love. Above all, make of us true disciples who strive to be ambassadors of your saving presence to one another, especially to those who are most in need of you. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.