Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

September 9, 2016 – Friday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Saint Peter Claver                                                      

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

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

Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable:
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?

How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

 
Reflect: Jesus instructs us about the need to keep our eyes on the Master.  He calls us to conversion by helping us to recognize our need for him; helping us to see ourselves as he sees us.  Essentially, he reminds us that we need to take care of our own sins and failings, in the light of his gaze, rather than judge and condemn someone else. We aren’t the Master, but he wants us to know him, to learn from him, to be transformed by him, to be like him.  When we are formed by him, and understand that he sees us as we are and doesn’t condemn us, then we can help others to know him.  It was only after entering into relationship with Christ, into formation with the Master, that Saint Peter Claver could pour himself out in service to the African slaves, who were considered not-human. While slaves were treated as objects, Peter loved them, respected them and reminded them of their dignity as children of God.

Do I turn to Jesus and his Word with a desire to encounter him?  Do I deflect God’s gaze that puts my sins and failings in the light, by judging and gossiping about others? Do I desire and take time to let the Master form me rather than filling my heart and mind with the rantings of pundits, politicians and secular atheists?

 

Pray: Loving God, thank you for the example of Saint Peter Claver. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you so that I might seek you, your ways, your Word, and be formed by your Truth.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Peter Claver: Pray for us!

 

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

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