Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Intention: For God’s strength and protection to all who care for the world’s persecuted and dispossessed people, that their work may bear the fruits of comfort, peace, and justice.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

From the Meditation on Saint John Chrysostom, | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Because it is your duty to teach your disciples every day to know God, to explain to them the truths of the Gospel, and to train them in their practice, you must be entirely filled with God and burning with love for his holy law, so that your words may have their proper effect on your disciples. Preach by your example, and practice before their eyes what you wish to convince them to believe and to do.


Eternal Father, you hold all of us in your perfect heart. You see us through the eyes of love, knowing that we are more alike than we are different.  Teach us to see with your eyes.  Let your wisdom instruct us to not judge others for their differences from us.  Fill us with humility, so that we will accept and serve one another with understanding and gratefulness.  We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.