Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

August 5, 2016 – Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time                                                    

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com) 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Matthew 16:24-26

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?

Reflect: Jesus continues to instruct the disciples about the Paschal Mystery – although it will take more time for them to comprehend.  It’s only in the context of death and resurrection that we can begin to understand the necessity of taking up the cross, denying oneself and losing life in order to save it.  The Christian mystery of finding victory through death on the cross is already revealed to us; however we are often pulled in by the allure of gaining the world. In some circles, people say, “the devil is a liar,” and in reflecting upon this scripture we shouldn’t hesitate to pronounce those same words.  The opportunity to gain all that the world values looks attractive until we recognize that, indeed, we are engaged in something that will demand us to forfeit our life – for an eternity. It’s not worth it. Jesus comes to give us life, life to the full!

Can I find the courage to denounce Satan and the allure of sin that causes me to forfeit my life?  Do I find hope in denying myself, embracing the cross and asking Jesus to lead me away from sin and into the fullness of life?

Pray: Loving God, the pull of sin and the attraction of the world are powerful, but I believe you are more powerful because you have conquered sin and death through love – love emanating from your cross, death and resurrection. Please save me and give me the fullness of life in you. I pray this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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