Jeremiah 31:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Psalm 102; Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
In the Gospel, we see Jesus answering the questions of the scribes and Pharisees about ritual cleansing. He reminds them that what goes into a man is not what makes him unclean but what comes from within him. As a matter of fact, what we have within us, and the choices we make, together with the things we say and do determine whether we are clean or not. St. John Mary Vianney, whose memorial we celebrate today was a French parish priest who was committed to his ministry. He once remarked that the man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth. He is the patron saint of parish priests, we pray through his intercession that what comes out from us will be pleasing and acceptable by God.
Prayer for Priests
By St. John Vianney
God, please give to your Church today many more priests after your own heart. May they be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of your grace in the sacraments. May their loving devotion to your Son Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary his Mother be the twin fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry. Amen.