Looking for a Sign?
Malvern Minute


October 16, 2017 – Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin

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 (11:29-32)


While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.

Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment 
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation 
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”


Reflect: This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Those who heard the message of the Prophet Jonah reformed their lives. Even the king put on sackcloth and ashes and conformed to a change of heart. Jesus is challenging his listeners who demand signs; although the words and actions of the Lord aren’t enough to change some hearts.  Jesus comes to us as the Way, the Truth and the Life. He proclaims the Kingdom of God, yet there are many who refuse to recognize him. Jesus’ condemnation is not only regarding those who commit explicitly evil acts, but those who are satisfied complying only with the external obligations of the law, but their hearts are far from God. He is saying: That’s not enough! So he challenges us. He challenges our society that lifts up people who morally steer people in the wrong direction. He challenges us whenever we think that we can get by completing external actions while feeding our hearts and minds with many sinful distractions.  He is pleading with us to recognize him and to pay attention to the message of the Gospels. There is one among us who is much greater than Jonah or Solomon or anyone else in the history of the world; heed him!

Questions: Do I take the Word of God to heart? Do I repent and reform my life when necessary? Is Jesus calling me today to begin a change of heart for the sake of my salvation?

Pray: Loving God, you offer me the fullness of life, yet I often settle for much less. Give me a heart that desires you and your ways above anything else. Help me to trust that you, alone, have the words to everlasting life.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Margaret Mary: Pray for us!

Margaret Mary experienced tough years in her early life. At twenty-two, she entered the Visitation Order where many of the older sisters considered her slow and awkward. Regardless, she began to experience apparitions from Jesus asking her to become the “beloved disciple of the Sacred Heart.” With the help of her spiritual director (Saint) Father Claude La Colombiere, devotions to the Sacred Heart and First Fridays were brought to the world. Margaret Mary died in 1690 at the age of forty-three. She said, “I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.”



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