Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

September 2, 2016  – Friday of the Twenty-Second 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)

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now it is of course required of stewards
that they be found trustworthy.

It does not concern me in the least
that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;

I do not even pass judgment on myself;
I am not conscious of anything against me,
but I do not thereby stand acquitted;
the one who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time,
until the Lord comes,
for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
and will manifest the motives of our hearts,
and then everyone will receive praise from God.

Reflect: Being in relationship with Christ requires that we are good representatives of him. In this reading, Paul highlights two qualities: being good stewards and being trustworthy.  If we are faithful to our call, we shouldn’t worry about being judged by others.  At the same time, we should resist judging others.  Only Christ, at the appointed time, “will bring to light what is hidden in darkness”; and only Christ “will manifest the motives of our hearts.” Judgement can hurt others. So Paul essentially tells us to stick with being faithful and serving the Lord, mind our own business, and don’t let the judgement of others take us down. Our call is to build up the Body of Christ, not to tear it down. Who are we to judge?

How does fear of being judged by others stop me from doing whatever God asks of me? How am I judging others? What do I need to change immediately about my tendencies to judge?

 

Pray: Loving God, thank you for the gifts that your grace provides for me. Help me to be a good steward by being faithful to you and by being trustworthy.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

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

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