Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For all who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership and governance, that they always will work for peace and justice for all people.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:31-35

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.  “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.  It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.  It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”

He spoke to them another parable.  “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.  He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.

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

Because you are obliged to help your disciples save themselves, you must engage them to unite all their actions to those of Jesus Christ, our Lord, so that their actions, made holy by his merits and by his consecration, are able to be pleasing to God and a means of salvation for them.  This is how you must teach them to benefit from the death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and to make the advantages and merits of his death effective in them.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your son teaches us that the heart of discipleship lies in the quality of our everyday living– to be awake and faithful to your will, to be humble and compassionate with everyone, do all that we do for the love of you and for the building of your Kingdom. Help us today to have open and ready hearts, to abandon ourselves with confidence to your wisdom and care as we proclaim the Gospel with our daily lives.  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.