Intention: For all who seek roles of leadership and advocacy in society, that their hearts and minds will be open to God’s wisdom and guidance.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
From the Twelfth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It would be of little value to make reproofs and corrections if those who make them did not take the right steps to make them well. The first thing to which we must pay attention is not to undertake reproofs and corrections except under the guidance of the Spirit of God. This is why, before undertaking them, it is proper to become interiorly recollected, to give ourselves up to God’s Spirit, and to be disposed to make the reproof or undertake the correction with the greatest possible wisdom and in a manner best suited to make it useful to the one whom we intend to correct.
Eternal Father, your Son taught that we must live with minds and hearts that are awake, because we can never know when you will surprise us with the grace of your call. We pray that we will keep ourselves ready by living each day with faith and integrity. May we always treat others with respect and dignity, and share our gifts with all, especially those who are most in need. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.