Intention: For all whose work it is to care for people’s health and safety, that their hearts may be touched by God’s wisdom and compassion and that they may be guided by the Spirit in the performance of their duties.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 7: 1-5
Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”
From the Fourth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Guard against any human attitude toward your disciples; do not pride yourselves over what you do. These two things are capable of spoiling all the good there is in the performance of your duties. What have you in this regard that has not been given to you? And if it has been given to you, why are you boasting as if you had it on your own? Keep, then, the goals of your work as completely pure as those of Jesus Christ himself; by this means you will draw upon yourselves and all your labors his blessing and grace.
Eternal Father, you hold all of us in your perfect heart. You see us through the eyes of love, knowing that we all are more alike than we are different. Teach us to see one another with your eyes. Let your wisdom instruct us to not judge others’ differences. Fill us with humility, so that we will accept and serve one another with understanding and gratefulness. Help us to hear your call to compassion and love, giving your word life through all of our actions. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.