Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: In thanksgiving for all Lasallian educators, whose faith and zeal for their ministry continues to make their schools places of salvation for all, especially those most in need.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples:  “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.  Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.  Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.  Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

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

Jesus Christ, speaking to his Apostles, told them that he gave an example to them, so that they may do as he had done.  He also wanted his disciples to accompany him at all the conversions he brought about, so that seeing how he acted, they could be guided and formed by his conduct in all they would have to do to win souls to God.  This is also what you must do, because Jesus Christ has chosen you among so many others to be his cooperators in the salvation of souls.  In reading the Gospel, you must study the manner and the means that he used to lead his disciples to practice the truths of the Gospel.

He also made them understand that unless their justice surpassed that of the scribes and the Pharisees (who bothered themselves about externals only), they would not enter the kingdom of heaven.


Eternal Father, your Son came to us as the Savior through whom we could be reconciled to you and to one another.  In these days of hurt and division, help us to come together as one body, one church, one people.  Heal our minds and hearts so that we will welcome each other into our lives with joy and without judgment.  Rekindle in us the virtues of humility, compassion, and forgiveness.  May we remember how to live again as your children.  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.