Intention: That all who serve in the ministry of education devote themselves to giving care and attention to every student, especially those who are most in need, by teaching their minds and touching their hearts.
Today’s Gospel | John 13:16-20
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
From the Fourth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Guard against any human attitude toward your disciples; do not take pride in what you are doing. These two things are capable of spoiling all the good there is in the performance of your duties. What have you in this regard that has not been given to you? If it has been given to you, why are you boasting as if you had it on your own?
Keep, then, the goals of your work as completely pure as those of Jesus Christ; by this means you will draw his blessings and graces upon yourselves and all your labors.
Eternal Father, sustain us as we strive to answer your Son’s call to open wide the doors of our hearts. May we welcome you by welcoming all who need human love and fellowship. Let us welcome the stranger as well as the close friend. Above all, may we do these things with a great simplicity and humility, seeking only to be ambassadors of your love and compassion. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.