Intention: That God will continue to bless us the Lasallian Family with opportunities to serve all persons, especially those most in need, and to help build a more compassionate and just world.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 5:27-32
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.’ But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It will not, then, be enough for you to have instructed your disciples about the mysteries and the truths of our holy religion if you have not helped them learn the chief Christian virtues and if you have not taken an altogether special care to help them put these virtues into practice, as well as all the good of which they are capable at their age. For no matter how much faith they may have or how lively it may be, if they do not commit themselves to practice good works, their faith will be of no use to them.
You must especially teach this maxim to those whom you instruct if you want to put them on the road to heaven, so that you can say to them that you have acted in a way that is beyond reproach, and this has given consolation to us.
Inspire them also with piety and self-control in church and in the exercises of piety that you have them perform in the schools. Instill in them the innocence and humility that our Lord recommends so strongly in the Gospel. Do not forget to help them acquire gentleness, patience, love and respect for their parents, and all the conduct that is proper to a Christian child, in a word, all that our religion demands of them.
Eternal Father, we thank you for sustaining us today, for your steadfast love that never ceases to show us your mercy when we have wandered far from your ways. You understand our weakness and restore us to fullness with your grace. Teach us to show this same compassion and mercy to one another. May we lift ourselves together into the light of your wisdom and the wholeness of your peace. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.