Our Servant Leader
Malvern Minute


October 24, 2017 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop


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 (12:35-38


Jesus said to his disciples: 
Gird your loins and light your lamps
be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.

And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”


Reflect: Light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Jesus asks us to be ready and willing to serve him.  In today’s responsorial psalm (Psalm 40), the refrain is: “Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.” These words reflect a disposition that is directed to the other; especially to be united with whatever God wants of us. The short Gospel passage makes it clear that the servants have no idea when the master will return from the wedding feast; nonetheless, they are vigilant and prepared for his return. Surprisingly, the master is so delighted that the servants are awake and prepared for his return that, instead of being waited upon, the master becomes the servant and waits upon the servants. How about that for servant leadership! Throughout any given day, Jesus knocks at our door. He wants us to be ready to answer and serve him. Very often, however, we are so busy and distracted about many things that we don’t hear him knocking or we fail to recognize him. He asks us to work at having a recollected heart and a peaceful mind that, no matter the circumstances and demands of life, we can be ready to hear him and to serve as faithful disciples. The powerful point is that once we answer, our Master does the heavy lifting; he shows us exactly what we need to do. All that he asks is that we trustingly put our lives in his hands.  As we respond to him, he will take care of us!


Questions: How do I prepare myself to hear and recognize Jesus at any moment of any day?  Do I desire to serve God by serving others? How might God be giving me the opportunity to be a servant leader wherever I may be? How has Jesus shown me that he wants to serve me if I just answer the door and let him into my life?


Pray: Loving God, here I am; I come to do your will. Give me the grace to answer your call and to serve you with a trusting and joyful heart. May all that I seek and all that I do always be united with your Holy and Divine will.   I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.


Saint Anthony Mary Claret: Pray for us!

Anthony was ordained in 1835. He was appointed apostolic missionary to his native Catalonia, Spain. It was there that he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (the Claretians) to promote evangelization.  Shortly afterwards, he was appointed by the Pope to be Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba, an assignment he did not want; yet after prayer and discernment, he accepted. It was at his episcopal ordination that he added “Mary” to his name: “She is my Mother, my protector, my teacher, my all, after Jesus.” After six fruitful years in Cuba, he was recalled to serve Queen Isabella in Spain. Today, the Claretians number about 3,000 members. Anthony’s work fostered credit unions and the apostolate of the press. He died in 1870.



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