Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For all whose work it is to care for people’s health and safety, that their hearts may be touched by God’s wisdom and compassion and that they may be sustained by the Spirit in the performance of their duties.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 7:21-29

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?  Did we not drive out demons in your name?  Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’  Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.  And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

This is also what ought to engage you to have an altogether special esteem for the Christian instruction and education of children, because it is a means to help them become true children of God and citizens of heaven. This is the very foundation and support of their piety and of all the other good that takes place in the Church.

Thank God for the grace he has given you in your work of sharing in the ministry of the holy Apostles and the principal bishops and pastors of the Church. Honor your ministry by becoming, as Saint Paul says, worthy ministers of the New Testament.

Prayer

Eternal Father, there are times when, overly impressed by our own accomplishments, we forget the true source of all good things.  Strengthen us to overcome whatever might cloud our awareness of your presence and power.  Help us to remember your endless faithfulness and to live confidently in the promise of your love and salvation.  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.