Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
Call to Worship: pray together
As we begin another day,
May we see Your Presence in ourselves,
In those around us, and in the children of the world.
May our hearts be open to what your presence
Teaches us and calls us to be.
May we experience your welcoming spirit
In our lives, in each other, and in our children.
Send us into this day to see, to listen, to learn, to share.
Lead us to your children.
Fill us with your love.
First Reading: Matthew 18:22-34
Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his
servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was
brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and
his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
The servant fell on his knees before him. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will
pay back everything.” The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let
But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a
hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. “Pay back what you owe me!”
His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay
But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could
pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly
distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said. “I canceled all that
debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow
servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be
tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
Prayer Submitted by Emily Vogel of the Midwest District
Second Reading: “The Proof is in your Patience” from Max Lucado
Had there been no patience, there would have been no mercy. But the king was patient,
and the man with the multimillion-dollar debt was forgiven….But the king’s patience
made no difference in the man’s life. To the servant, throne-room mercy was nothing
more than a canceled test, a dodged bullet, a get-out-of-jail-free card. He wasn’t stunned
by the royal grace; he was relieved he hadn’t been punished. He was given much patience
but gave none, which makes us wonder if he actually understood the gift he had received.
If you find patience hard to give, you might ask the same question. How infiltrated are
you with God’s patience? You’ve heard about it. Read about it. Perhaps underlined Bible
passages regarding it. But have you received it? The proof is in your patience. Patience
deeply received results in patience freely offered.
Quiet Reflection/Interior Prayer: from St. John Baptist de La Salle,
“Have you up to the present paid attention to yourself so that you correct your disciples
only with God in view? Have you not corrected them with exaggerated zeal, and perhaps
with impatience and anger? Was that to help them change their conduct, or was it rather
to punish them for some annoyance they caused you? Has charity guided your behavior,
or have you acted rather to vent your bad humor on them?
Pay close attention to this in the future, so that you will conduct yourself in this important
matter only with the desire to please God.”
A Prayer for Children (Children’s Defense Fund, 2000)
We pray for children who like to be tickled,
sneak popsicles before supper,
and can never find their shoes;
We pray for children who stare at photographers
from behind barbed wire,
Who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
Who never counted potatoes;
Who were born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead in;
Who never go to the circus and live in an X-rated world.
We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions;
Who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
But we also pray for those children who never get dessert,
Who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
Who watch their parents die,
Who can’t find any bread to steal,
Who don’t have any rooms to clean up,
Whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser
and whose monsters are real.
Closing Prayer: (together) The Teacher’s Prayer – St. John Baptist de Salle
Lord, you are my patience, my strength, my light, my counsel.
You make docile the hearts of the students entrusted to me.
Abandon me not to myself for even a moment.
For my own guidance and that of my pupils, give me a spirit of wisdom and
understanding, counsel and fortitude, knowledge and piety, a spirit of a holy fear of
you, and a burning zeal for your glory.
I unite my efforts to those of Jesus Christ.
And I ask the most Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, and St. John Baptist de La Salle to
help me in the performance of my duties.
St. John Baptist de La Salle…Pray for us!
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…Forever!