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 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
From the Fourteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Do you believe, perhaps, that you are responsible for your disciples only during the time of school, that your vigilance need not extend to their behavior outside of school in order to help them, as far as you are able, to live everywhere in a Christian manner and not associate with bad companions during the entire time they are under your guidance?
To give an account for their souls means to give an account of everything that concerns their salvation; to watch exactly means to watch over everything with diligence, omitting and neglecting nothing.
Eternal Father, we pray this day for the grace to be faithful to you. In the worriedness and confusion of these days, may we never forget who you are and who you call us to be. Help us to live righteously and generously, to persevere and grow stronger in our faith, and to be each other’s companions and guides through uncertainty and into salvation. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.