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Today’s Daily Reflection

From Mark Poletunow

Every day, Mark Poletunow, Malvern Retreat House’s President, takes time to reflect and pray about the daily reading. Take a minute to join him as he illuminates the scriptures.


A Minute from Malvern - The Mighty Champion
March 23, 2018 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (
Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (20:10-13):

I hear the whisperings of many:
"Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!"
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.

"Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him."
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.

In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,

Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
For he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!

Reflect: But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion. The Prophet Jeremiah feels pressed in on every side, but he is acutely aware that “God has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked.” The prophet prefigures the passion of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes poor by surrendering himself entirely to the will of the Father. As we approach Holy Week, the readings remind us of Christ’s passion and death. Yet, we know that the Father remains intimately involved with all that Jesus is experiencing. Jesus conquers sin and death. Today’s Gospel (Jn 10:31-42) demonstrates his relationship to the Father: “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” He continues, “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” We are not a disengaged audience watching Jesus’ passion and death unfold before us as bystanders. Through our baptism, God embraces us; we are claimed by Jesus; we are called to be active and engaged disciples in the world. Like Jesus, the Father is with us; he wants to be intimately involved with all that we experience. Like Jesus, we will experience our own share of trials and tribulations. Through it all, however, as we learn to trust God unreservedly, we come to know that he is with us “like a mighty champion.” The Father promises to bless us lavishly and wants us to return to him for eternal life. That is why Jesus came into the world. Be strong, brothers and sisters, we have a mighty Champion at our side; he will never lose one of his little ones! By trusting in his love and mercy we will become conquerors.

Questions: Do I consider Jesus Christ as my champion; and his cross as a sign of victory? In whom and in what do I place my trust? At the end of the day, who or what will stand at my side not only in this world, but for eternal life?

Pray: Loving God, you are my champion. Have mercy on me for my offenses, especially for the times when my pride and ego kept you and your ways at a distance. Help me to trust you without reserve, and so participate in the victory that you have already won for me.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen                                                                                              

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you.


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