Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words — go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

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

Another reward in this life that those who work for the salvation of souls receive is their consolation in seeing God served well by those whom they have instructed and in realizing that their work has not been useless but has served to save those whom they were called upon to instruct.

…It is indeed a great glory for you to instruct your disciples about the truths of the Gospel solely for the love of God.  This thought made the Teacher of the Nations always find consolation and, according to the testimony he has given, filled him with overflowing joy in the midst of his afflictions.  You too must consider it a great personal reward, this consolation that you feel at the bottom of your heart, that the children whom you instruct behave well, know their religion thoroughly, and live a life of piety.  Thank God with all your heart for all these kinds of rewards that he gives you in advance in this life.

Prayer

Eternal Father, Jesus taught his disciples that they should be especially strong and determined when they encountered sinfulness in the world. We pray that we might be constant signs of your presence to others during difficult times, encouraging their faith just as you encourage ours.  Help us to be both compassionate and persistent in proclaiming your Word to others, particularly to those who are most in need of your good news.  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.