Intention: That with a new year will come a new spirit in all people as we discern how best to work together to heal our broken world by building the Kingdom of God.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 2:36-40
There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
From the Meditation for How We Have Acted Toward Our Neighbor and In What We Were Lacking This Year | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
The first thing you owe your students is edification and good example. Have you earnestly practiced virtue with the intention of edifying your disciples? Have you reflected that you must be their models of the virtues you wish them to practice?
Have you acted this year as a good teacher must do? You ought to have taught them their religion; did you work sufficiently to accomplish this task during the year? Have you regarded it as your principal duty on their behalf? Do they know their religion well? If they are ignorant of it or do not know it perfectly, is this due to your negligence
Have you been careful to teach them the maxims and practices of the holy Gospel and to see that they practice them? Have you suggested to them practices appropriate to their age and condition? All these matters of instruction ought to have often been the subject of your reflections and of your study of how to succeed with them. A teacher who has piety in his heart, says the Wise Man, will bring forth wisdom; that is, he will procure wisdom for himself and at the same time he will make wise those whom he instructs.
Eternal Father, you created us to know the fullness of your blessings. And just as we have received those blessings and tried to use them well, we also have sinned and fallen short of your will for us. So, in your wisdom and mercy, you sent to us your Son, that we might be redeemed and live in right relationship with you and with each other. You humbled yourself for us. Teach us to humble ourselves for each other. You have redeemed us. Teach us to be redeemed. You have loved us. Teach us to love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.