Seeing and Hearing the Truth
Malvern Minute

Today's Daily Reflection

 

A Minute from Malvern
            
February 13, 2018 – Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
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Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord; and my Father will love him and we will come to him. Alleluia, alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)
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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (8:14-21):

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.”
 

They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.

When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?

And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”

“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”

He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Reflect: Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? Jesus is the Bread of Life. His disciples have seen the multiplication of the loaves with abundant leftovers on two occasions. They have heard Jesus preach and respond with tremendous insight to the scribes and Pharisees. Even after all of that, they conclude that when Jesus says, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod,” that he is speaking about them not having enough bread in the boat. As much as for the disciples in the boat, Jesus is speaking to us. We can be easily distracted by the current of the times that fill us with thoughts and desires that are far from God. We can be pulled into protracted partisan political debates about issues that hurt rather than help those most in need. We can drift away looking in the wrong places for solutions to our fears and doubts. Through it all, Jesus is asking his disciples from 2000 years ago, as well as us today, to keep our eyes fixed on him and to listen intently to his words. In today’s first reading from the Letter of Saint James (1:12-18), we hear: “Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life that he [Jesus] promised to those who love him.” Perhaps our goal for Lent can be to simply invite Jesus into all aspects of our lives. Maybe we can turn to him more often – especially in our temptations and distractions – so that we become more aware of his constant presence in our lives. Maybe we can carve out more time to read and reflect upon his Word so that we can hear his voice above the cacophony of the world. Lord, give us eyes that truly see you and ears that listen to your voice!

QuestionsDo I consciously seek the guidance of direction of Jesus throughout my day; in my choices and decisions? Is Jesus the foundation that I build upon so that I might become a beautiful creation that gives him honor and glory and fulfills his purpose for my life? How can I begin to become more aware of Jesus as the source and summit of my life; of all that I do and all that I am?

PrayLoving God, you abide in hearts that are just and true. Grant that I may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.

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