Discovering the Heart of Jesus
Malvern Minute

 

November 3, 2017 – Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Martin de Porres, Religious

 

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 (14:1-6)

 

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.

Then he said to them 
“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?” 
But they were unable to answer his question.

 

Reflect: Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day? The listeners to Jesus remained silent; “they were unable to answer his question.”  It really wasn’t a difficult question. The Pharisees and other listeners were paralyzed by the question because they knew that each of them would immediately go to the assistance of their child or ox trapped in a cistern; however, they didn’t want to be viewed as violators of the law that did not permit such activity on the Sabbath. Their silence was a sign that the letter of the law had such a tight grip on their lives that it was choking out their hearts. Jesus took the radical action of placing a chronically ill man in their midst, healed him and sent him on his way. Some people may have wanted to point an accusatory finger at Jesus for performing such a “scandalous” act, but they knew that his action set the man free. The Gospels often create a contradiction: the healthy are made to look handicapped by their inability to speak, while the chronically ill man is healed and bounds away filled with new life. Jesus is trying to demonstrate that the law should represent the heart of God – calling people to holiness and the fullness of life; revealing mercy and love to the wounded. May we always seek to follow and be led by the heart of God in our interactions with others.

 

Questions: Am I quick to judge other believers without knowing or understanding their motivations? What parts of my own life do I need to let Jesus heal so that I can be freed from judgment and hypocrisy? In what ways might Jesus be asking me to pause, step back and consider my own attitude before I speak or judge?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to feel as you do.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Saint Martin de Porres: Pray for us!

Martin was born in Lima, Peru of a Spanish father and an African slave mother. He was received and took vows as a lay brother with the Dominican friars. He lived a life marked by humble ministry to the poor and sick, especially African slaves. He demonstrated a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist. He was a close friend of Saint Rosa of Lima.  Martin died in 1639 at the age of sixty. He is depicted in art with a broom and mice that are said to have hearkened to his word. Martin is recognized as the patron of social justice and of peoples of mixed races.

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