Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For all caregivers, especially teachers, that they may be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s inspirations to work as bringers of strength and hope to all who they serve.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 7:14-23

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand.  Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable.  He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding?  Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?”  (Thus he declared all foods clean.)  “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.  From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.  All these evils come from within and they defile.”

From the Eleventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle

One of the characteristics and one of the effects of the zeal people have for the well-being and salvation of souls is to reprove and correct those in their care when they fall into some fault.

…Jesus acted similarly toward the Pharisees, because he could not tolerate their hypocrisy and false piety, much less their pride, which led them to esteem and praise their own actions while belittling and blaming the behavior of others.

…You too must reprove and correct your disciples when they commit some fault, the more so because it is typical of children often to make mistakes by doing many things without thinking. The reproofs and corrections give them time to reflect on what they have to do and cause them to watch over themselves in order not to keep making the same mistakes.  Be exact, then, not to allow considerable faults in them without providing this remedy for them.


Eternal Father, each day we have the choice of whether or not to live in faithfulness to your will.  Fill us today with the determination to turn away from pride and self-deceit, and to acknowledge and mend the faults in ourselves. Bless us with the compassion to see without judgment the lives and the needs of others, and to serve you by helping to heal the brokenness in our world.  We ask this of you 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.