Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

August 19, 2016            Friday of the Twentieth 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)

Ezekiel 37:1-6

The hand of the LORD came upon me,
and led me out in the Spirit of the LORD
and set me in the center of the plain,
which was now filled with bones.
He made me walk among the bones in every direction
so that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.
How dry they were!
He asked me:
Son of man, can these bones come to life?
I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.”
Then he said to me:
Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:
Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones:
See! I will bring spirit into you, that you may come to life.
I will put sinews upon you, make flesh grow over you,
cover you with skin, and put spirit in you
so that you may come to life and know that I am the LORD.
Reflect: Did you ever feel so worn down that you feel lifeless – like dry bones? Even if it’s not as dramatic as the image we hear from the Prophet Ezekiel, we all can relate in one way or another. It is the Lord God who desires us to experience the fullness of life. It is only the Lord God who is capable of restoring us to new life – life to the full!  In the Gospel reading today from Matthew, Jesus is challenged by the Pharisees regarding the greatest commandment. He clearly states that the true disciple – the one who is given the fullness of life in God – “shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” God gives us the commandments not to restrict us and take life away, but rather to set us on the way to the fullness of life. If we feel empty and lifeless, we should heed the words of Jesus. He is the Way that leads us to Life. May the Holy Spirit breathe life into us today!

Do I seek to be a disciple who loves God with all of my heart, mind and soul; and who loves my neighbor as myself? Do I turn to God, before anyone or anything else, to be the source of my life?

Pray: Loving God, give me your life so that I might live life to the full. Fill my heart with your Holy Spirit so that I might pour out all that I am into loving you and loving my neighbor as myself. I pray this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us!

 

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

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