Let us rememberMemorial of Saint Jerome,
Priest and Doctor of the Church

Intention:  For a spirit of conversion that opens our hearts to the ways of God and the needs of his people, especially those who suffer the pain of destitution, alienation, or oppression.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 9:43b-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you.  The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”  But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

From the Meditation on Saint Jerome | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Saint Jerome 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, as ambassadors of your Son, we are asked to proclaim his Gospel through all that we say and do.  Fill us with the humility and the resilience to do this.  May our zeal for your will be fired by a love for your word and a longing for your Kingdom.  Help us to be signs of your peace and justice to one another and especially to those most in need of your comfort.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.