Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

Today's Daily Reflection

 

A Minute from Malvern 
            
August 10, 2018 – Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Father John Meyers, Rector
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Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)
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St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

Gospel Jn 12:24-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

Death is probably nobody’s favorite topic, yet of all that we think, talk, and speculate about, it is one of the most certain realities of life.  I find it helpful to relate the experience with death with birth.  Before being born, unless you are a twin you have the whole world to you and all your needs are met without any effort on your part. Then birth happens and you lose everything!  This bright, cold world is a shock and you lose touch with the music of your mother’s heart for a bit.  However, just as this life has more to offer than what we could know before birth, so it is with Heaven.  It is far beyond our best dreams and hopes.  Life is full of little dyings and risings, when you really think about it.  Moving from childhood dependency to limited autonomy in adolescence to more complete autonomy in adulthood and returning to greater dependency in old age all require a kind of dying along the way.

-St. Lawrence served in administration of the finances for the Church of Rome.  When he was arrested by the Imperial government, for the crime of being a Christian, he was told to produce the wealth of the Church for confiscation.  He asked for time to assemble this wealth.  At the appointed time and place he assembled all the poor of the city and presented them to the imperial officers.  It did not go over well. He was roasted alive on a gridiron and legend says that at one point he asked to be turned over as he was done on the one side.  He kept his sense of humor to the end along with his faith.

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • How ready are you to die? If not, what do you need to do to get ready?
  • What is something that you once thought you could never live without earlier in your life?
  • How is your sense of humor about life and death?

Let us pray!

Now, Master, You can dismiss your servant in peace;
You have fulfilled Your word.
For my eyes have witnessed Your saving deed displayed for all the peoples to see:
A revealing light to the Gentiles,
the
glory of Your people Israel.

[Lk. 2:29-32]

Prosit,

Father John

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