Intention: For God’s blessings on the participants and staff at this week’s Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Jesus Christ wants you to understand from this comparison that the more your work for the good of your disciples is given life by him and draws its power from him, the more it will produce good in them. This is why you must ask him earnestly that all your instructions be given life by his Spirit and draw all their power from him. Just as he is the one who enlightens everyone coming into the world, he is also the one who enlightens the minds of your students and leads them to love and practice the good that you teach them.
Eternal Father, your Son called us to build your kingdom. So often, we spend our time trying to build our own kingdoms, caring only about what we can take from life. Lord, open us to your truth and help us to realize that only what fulfills your will for all people is worthy of our time and efforts. Break down the walls which separate us, and unite us with your bonds of love. We ask this of you, who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.