Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

January 6, 2017 – Christmas Weekday

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the First Letter of John (5:5-13)

Beloved:
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and Blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three that testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the Blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.
Whoever believes in the Son of God
has this testimony within himself.
Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar
by not believing the testimony God has given about his Son.
And this is the testimony:
God gave us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
Whoever possesses the Son has life;
whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you so that you may know
that you have eternal life,
you who believe in the name of the Son of God.

 

Reflect: The Father has put it all on the line for us: He sent his only Son so that we could have eternal life. We are reminded about this over and over again during the Christmas season. We can’t be reminded enough. That’s why Christmas stretches through to Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord (through January 9th this year). If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then we can claim the prize – victory over the world; victory over the powers of evil and the power of death! If we believe, we will have eternal life. God provides abundant opportunities for us to receive and encounter the Son. Most especially, Jesus offers himself to us through the Eucharist, through the grace of the sacraments, and through the Word of God. What an awesome reality: God enters us and we can possess God! By being in union with God, our mortal death becomes not an end but a transition into eternal life.  God so loves us that he sent us his only and most beloved Son!

Do I appreciate the significance of the birth of Jesus for my own life and the life of the world?  Do I take advantage of the opportunities to receive Jesus and to let him fill up my mortal life with his divine life?

 

Pray: Loving God, nothing compares to your love for me. Soften my hard heart. Show me the way to you and help me to stay forever in union with you.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Loving and Compassionate Jesus: Have mercy on me and fill me with your life!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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