Intention: That our Lasallian schools will continue to be places where the sinfulness of exclusion and marginalization is dispelled by the light of welcome and respect.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 4:35-41
On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
From the Meditation on Saint Thomas Aquinas | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
In all his studies and all his writings, Saint Thomas had no other purpose than the glory of God and the building of the Church. Because of this he merited to have Jesus Christ give him this praise: Thomas, you have written well of me; what reward do you wish me to give to you for the great good you have done for the Church? But this saint had worked with such great disinterestedness for the good of the faithful, especially those who have to teach others, that he made no other reply than this, that he wanted no other recompense than God.
Your profession commits you to teach children the science of salvation, and you are bound to do this with total disinterestedness. Do you do this with the sole view of procuring the glory of God and your neighbor’s salvation? Declare to God that you will never have any other intention than that.
Eternal Father, as we make our way through life, there are times when we find ourselves overwhelmed and seemingly alone. As we turn to you in prayer, renew our faith and restore our confidence. Help us to face our fears and to do what is right, always humble and constant in our desire to serve you. Make of us people worthy of the lives that you have given us. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.