Do it Now
Malvern Minute

 

June 19, 2017 – Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Romuald, Abbot

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 second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (6:1-10)

Brothers and sisters:
As your fellow workers, we appeal to you
not to receive the grace of God in vain.

For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

We cause no one to stumble in anything,
in order that no fault may be found with our ministry;
on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves
as ministers of God, through much endurance,
in afflictions, hardships, constraints,
beatings, imprisonments, riots,
labors, vigils, fasts;

by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,
in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,
in the power of God;
with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left;
through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.
We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful;
as unrecognized and yet acknowledged;
as dying and behold we live;
as chastised and yet not put to death;
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing;
as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

 

Reflect: Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  Saint Paul knows of the abundant blessings that God is pouring out upon his people; yet, he is painfully aware of the way that so many followers take the grace of God for granted, or live as unenlightened about how powerfully God is acting (and wants to act) in their lives. He declares: “we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” So the appeal for us today is the same. We can choose to live as if the grace and love of God makes no difference in our lives, or that it makes all the difference.  There is urgency to our acknowledgement and acceptance of God’s grace. We shouldn’t delay. Today is the acceptable time; today is the day of salvation. If we delay, it may be too late. No matter who we are, let’s renew our relationship with Christ today and put all aspects of our lives into his hands, his care – he alone is our Savior; he alone gives us the way to everlasting life!

Questions: Am I squandering the grace of God in my life? Do I abandon myself to Jesus and his grace on a daily basis? What is holding me back from recommitting myself to Christ today?

Pray: Loving God, to whom else can I go? You, alone, have the words to everlasting life. Help me to no longer delay in trusting you completely; in turning my life entirely over to you. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Romuald: Pray for us!

Saint Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy. Inspired by the writings of the Desert Fathers, he conceived a love for solitary prayer. He traveled throughout Italy renewing monastic life through his founding of hermitages for prayer. Romuald established a house in Camaldoli that became a new branch of the Benedictine Order called the Camaldolese hermits. The monks lived in simple hermitages and lived a life of contemplative prayer, solitude, silence and fasting. Saint Romuald died in 1027.                                     

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