Out of the Comfort Zone
Malvern Minute


October 23, 2017 – Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint John of Capistrano, Priest

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 holy Gospel according to Luke (12:13-21)


Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,

“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”‘

But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;

and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”


Reflect: Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God. This Gospel passage begins with someone asking Jesus to intervene with his sibling so that he could benefit from the family inheritance.  That was a real concern for that man, and his request seems innocent enough; however, Jesus is the great reader of hearts. There was something in that man’s heart that was far from God and showed a preoccupation with possessions. Jesus uses the opportunity to provide this parable for not only that man, but also for all of us. We live in a society that is blessed in many ways. While we may struggle with financial concerns, we are richly blessed with access to an abundance of things. The challenge for us is to consider how we make use of what we have personally and as a society. Are we concerned about the poor and marginalized? Do we do anything to become personally engaged in making life better for those who do not have – even the basics? Do we honor God through acts of kindness, generosity, compassion and support for people in need? Are we focused on making our community, city, state, country or world a better place for all peoples?  As Christians, love is our mission, and we honor God when we love the least of our brothers and sisters. That may mean that we have to let God take us out of our comfort zone to move us to serve and get to know someone in need.


Questions: What are my priorities in life? What do I seek with all my heart? How is my “love-meter”? Am I letting God take me out of my comfort zone to serve the least around me?


Pray: Loving God, you are the source of all that I have and all that I am. May I give you honor and glory by opening my heart in service and generosity to my brothers and sisters most in need.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.


Saint John of Capistrano: Pray for us!

John was born in Capistrano, Italy in 1385. He was trained in both civil and ecclesiastical law. He left behind a promising career to join the Franciscan Order. He was renowned as a great preacher throughout Europe before he was tapped to serve in a series of diplomatic roles for the Holy See. At the age of seventy, he helped to plan a crusade against the Ottomans who threatened Belgrade, leading soldiers into battle under a standard bearing the Holy Name of Jesus. He died a few months later in 1456. Saint John is the patron of military chaplains.



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