Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

Intention: For increased humility, patience, and compassion in all of our hearts as we search for better ways to live together and to guide our world into peace and justice-filled future.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master.  It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master.  If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!

“Therefore do not be afraid of them.  Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.  What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.  And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.  Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?  Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.  Even all the hairs of your head are counted.  So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.  But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

From the Meditation on Saint Benedict | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Are you careful to keep your students away from whatever might corrupt their morals, especially bad company, and do you inspire them with a horror of such companions?  Are you so vigilant over their conduct that you prevent them from doing the least thing wrong when they are in your presence? Do you show them how to avoid all occasions of evil when they are no longer under your supervision?  Learn from Saint Benedict how to bring up properly the children whom you have to guide.  Act so as to obtain from him by your prayers the grace of guiding them well.

Prayer

Eternal Father, it is through your Son that we come to know you.  He spoke to us of your perfect love for us, of your constant attention and unbroken faithfulness.  Help us to receive the great gift of your presence and to proclaim it through lives of compassion and justice.  May we walk in your Son’s footsteps as worthy disciples, servants of your people and builders of your Kingdom.  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.