Sunday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For the gifts of integrity, dedication, and compassion for all who serve as educators, formators, and caretakers of the young.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What is your opinion?  A man had two sons.  He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’  He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘ but afterwards changed his mind and went.  The man came to the other son and gave the same order.  He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.  Which of the two did his father’s will?”  They answered, “The first.”  Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.  When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did.  Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

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

Jesus Christ, having been appointed by God to be your judge, will say to you, as the owner said to his manager, Give me an account of your administration.  He will then look into the very depths of your heart to examine whether you have been faithful managers of the wealth he has entrusted to you and the talents he has given you to work in his service.  The good or the bad use you have made of these gifts will then become clear, for the Lord, who judges you, will unveil what is most hidden and most secret in the depths of your heart.

If you want to prevent the account that you must give from becoming heavier with the passage of time, make one every day to yourself. Examine before God how you are conducting your work and whether you are failing in any of your duties.

Come to see clearly who you are. Find fault accurately and unsparingly, so that when Jesus Christ comes to judge you, you will be able to face his judgment without being afraid.  For when he comes, he will find nothing to condemn in you, because you will have anticipated his judgment, regarding not only your own person but also the talents and the graces you have received from God to fulfill well the service that he assigned to you.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son calls us to love one another as you love us.  It is up to us to be channels of your peace and healing through the compassion and mercy that we have for all, especially those who are most in need.  Give us the grace to live with our eyes open to see, our hands ready to serve and our hearts ready to love.  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.