Intention: In thanksgiving for all Lasallian educators, whose faith and zeal for their ministry continues to make their schools places of salvation for all, especially those most in need.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 5:20-26
Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
From the Meditation on Saint Anthony of Padua | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You are obliged in your work to teach the truths of faith to your disciples and to instruct them in their religion. To fulfill well this duty, you ought to consecrate yourself entirely and even, if necessary, to give your life. Is this how you act? Do you have this generous disposition?
Eternal Father, we pray to you to help us learn what it means to build your Kingdom. Teach us how to pray to know your will. Teach us compassion, so that we know how to care, to embrace, to serve, and not judge the hearts of any but ourselves. And teach us faithfulness, so that every one of our words is true to your Word and every one of our actions is an instrument of your presence. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.