Intention: That God’s peace and wisdom will touch the hearts of all whose lives are ruled by confusion, anger, or fear.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
All your care for the children entrusted to you would be useless if Jesus Christ did not give the quality, the power, and the efficacy needed to make your care useful. Because the branch of the vine cannot bear fruit of itself (our Lord says) unless it remains attached to the main stem, neither can you bear fruit if you do not remain in me. This will be the glory of my Father, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Eternal Father, your Son warned us of the sin of hypocrisy, of judging others as if we were free of all faults and sin. Help us to be generous in our gentleness toward one another and steadfast in our faithfulness to you. May we turn away from self-righteousness and learn to serve others with humbleness and joy. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.