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Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer
Saturday, 16th February 2019

Mark 7:14-23

Date posted: February 13, 2019

Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel: Mark 7:14-23
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from the outside can defile that person; but the things that come from the things that come out from within are what defile.” When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles. From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.

Reflection
In the Gospel, Jesus said “Nothing that enters one from the outside can defile that person; but the things that come from the things that come out from within are what defile.” Jesus is trying to tell us that impurity does not come from outside to the inside. For centuries, the Jews followed many norms and customs related to food, dress, hygiene,  and contact with persons of other races and religions. (Mk 7: 3-4). They believe that these things which come from the outside affect what’s inside, but Jesus is telling us that what comes in doesn’t really matter. Purity is from within. How do you spiritually purify oneself?

Lasallian Guiding Principle
“Every individual needs to be constantly exposed to or immersed in the pressing social problems to which we subsequently aim to contribute a resolution.” Lasallians are encouraged to be aware of the situation of the community; and being aware means being more open to accept the world. More than acceptance, LGP is encouraging us to do something about this situation, because what matters most is everything that comes out of us. Knowledge without action is useless, thus, what comes in will never matter unless we act after we have learned.

Prayer
God, our Father, bless us. Bless our minds to be more open to your loving community. Bless our hearts to be more sensitive to accept everyone. May everything that come out of our hearts are what you expect us to say and to do. Help us to learn from everything that comes in. And help us to use these lessons in creating a better community.
Prayer for the Tercentenary of the Founder’s passing to Eternal Life (adapted) God, our Father and Mother, You love us with endless mercy. You call us to be your sons and daughters. Give us a generous heart. A heart of flesh that “burns within us.” A heart always willing to love. A compassionate heart for those who suffer. A heart where there is a place for all Lasallians around the world. Lord Jesus, You call us to follow you. Give us the courage to live our commitment. Teach us to go beyond our borders. Teach us to discover you in the lowliest. Teach us to look with the eyes of faith. Teach us to share our mission with all Lasallians of the whole world. Holy Spirit, You call us to live with joy. Fill us with your grace to live the values of the Gospel. Fill us with your grace to be active members in your Church. Fill us with your grace so that we may be credible witnesses, together with the entire Lasallian Family, in the midst of our world. Together and by association, we wish to renew our Lasallian commitment, and, in an attitude of thanksgiving, celebrate these 300 years of life. We ask this through Mary’s intercession, Queen and Mother of the Christian Schools. And through the intercession of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Universal Patron of Christian Educators. Amen.
Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Value: Communion in Mission (Nurturing Mission)
Culture Theme: We collaborate with a society of communities
Productivity Theme: Good Citizenship
Week 2: Each one of us is an active partner in the Mission

Sources:
C. (n.d.). Daily Gospel. Retrieved May 16, 2018, from https://dailygospel.org/M/AM/
DLSU ITS, DLSU STRATCOM, DLSU IRPA. (n.d.). Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family.
Retrieved May 16, 2018, from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/inside/lasallian-guiding-principles/default.asp

 

prepared: Ericka Espiritu, DLSMHSI, BCH1-1
through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission & Linkages,
the Lasallian Formation and Social Action

Our Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer is DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the 2019 Celebration of the Year of Vocation and Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.