Intention: That each of us may examine our lives to see how we are living the Gospel’s call to be peacemakers and to stand in solidarity and resolve with all who are victims of ignorance and injustice in our world.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 12:13-17
Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?” Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.” They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat |Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It is, then, not enough to procure the Christian spirit for children and to teach them the mysteries and doctrines of our religion. You must also teach them the practical maxims that are found throughout the holy Gospel. But because they do not yet have a mind sufficiently able to understand and practice these maxims by themselves, you must serve as visible angels for them in two ways: 1) you must help them understand the maxims as set forth in the holy Gospel, and 2) you must guide their steps along the way that leads them to put these maxims into practice.
For this they need visible angels, who by their instructions and good example will encourage them to appreciate and to practice these maxims. By these two means, then, these holy maxims will make a strong impression on the mind and on the heart.
Eternal Father, you created us to strive for holiness and to serve others. Yet, we sometimes miss the opportunities you give us today because we are busy worrying about how to make life better only for ourselves. Open us to your presence. Guide us to seek ways to live humbly and justly. May we live every day helping to build your Kingdom, seeking less and giving more. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.