Clinging to the Word
Malvern Minute

 

December 1, 2017   Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Stand tall with your head lifted up because your redemption is at hand. 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 Luke (21:29-33)

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.

Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, 
but my words will not pass away.”

Reflect: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. In the midst of a constantly changing and often chaotic world, the word of God remains firm, constant, and unchanging. Jesus is the Word made flesh; he is our foundation. Saint Peter proclaimed: “To whom else can we go, Lord? You have the words of everlasting life.” (John 6:68) Our faith isn’t lived out in a vacuum. We need to be people of faith in the midst of the challenges, inconsistencies and injustices that surround us. If we’re going to cling to something, however, let it be the Word of God. Every day is new. There isn’t a script that directs us how to respond to the many surprises that meet us every day. Nonetheless, as committed disciples clinging to the Word of Life, we will find the answers we need. By living as people rooted in the Everlasting Word, our hearts and minds will be receptive and attentive to the Holy Spirit in our midst. With a heart disposed to be led by Jesus, we may never be perfect people, but we can live with the hope of being perfectly united with the unchanging Word of Life. Abandoning ourselves to him, we will know how to respond to this chaotic, changing and challenging world. May Jesus always be our foundation and anchor!

Questions: Where am I rooted? What is my foundation and upon what do I build my life? Do I look to Jesus as my North Star that helps me to navigate in an imperfect and sometimes crazy world?

Pray: Loving God, to whom else can I go? You, alone, have the words of everlasting life. Keep me on course and always fettered to you as the Word of Life.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                                                                           

Thus says the Lord: Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink. Streams of living water will flow from within the one who believes in me. 


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