Becoming Something New
Malvern Minute

 

January 15, 2018    Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Alleluia, alleluia!

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 Mark (2:18-22)

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus answered them,
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.

But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

Reflect: New wine is poured into fresh wineskins. The life of Jesus in our world is constant and ever dynamic, providing new grace and new inspiration as never experienced before. We are called to be made fresh; to let the grace of God renew our hearts, forgive our sins, and to make us new men and women who become priests, prophets and kings – disciples who announce the Kingdom of God in the world. We can’t presume that we have this all figured out. God calls us to ongoing conversion and change of heart. He asks us to surrender ourselves to his will, to his ways. We won’t succeed trying to force our own agenda as if it were the Lord’s. He asks us to have a mind and heart willing to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Today we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite human shortcomings, like any of us, he was powerfully focused on being a prophetic voice of God announcing the “dream” of a new world where all people would be cherished for their God-given abilities rather than the color of their skin or the happenstance of their position in society. Dr. King was a man who became a prophetic disciple of Jesus. We, too, are called to do the same. It requires, however, our willingness to become new people transformed by the ever new message of Jesus’ love and mercy. The Lord asks us to see with new eyes and to hear with new ears so that we can genuinely speak as a new creation.

Questions: Do I take time to for silence so that I might listen to the voice of God? Am I willing to let go of my preconceptions and old ideas for the sake of being filled with the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit? In what ways is God asking me to let him transform me into a new person so that my life might better reflect his presence to the world?

Pray: Loving God, you make all things new. Give me the grace to let you transform me more completely into your image for the world, so that your peace and your love might always prevail.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Might One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on me and on the whole world.


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