Tuesday 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 13:36-43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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

Saint James says, If someone says that he has the faith and that he does not have the works, of what use to him is his faith; can it save him?  What would it benefit you, then, to teach your disciples the truths of the faith if you do not teach them to practice good works? For faith that is not accompanied by works is dead.

It will not, then, be enough for you to have instructed your disciples about the mysteries and the truths of our holy religion if you have not helped them learn the chief Christian virtues and if you have not taken an altogether special care to help them put these virtues into practice, as well as all the good of which they are capable at their age.  For no matter how much faith they may have or how lively it may be, if they do not commit themselves to practice good works, their faith will be of no use to them.

Prayer

Eternal Father, each day your love finds us and touches our lives.  Help us to welcome you into our hearts through our faithfulness to your word and our love for one another.  Forgive us when we fail to do your will.  Remove the blindness from our eyes and the hardness from our hearts so that we can find and serve those who are in need, working with faith and zeal to build your Kingdom.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.