Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

September 16, 2016 – Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs                                                        

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

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

 

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,
how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
If there is no resurrection of the dead,
then neither has Christ been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching;
empty, too, your faith.

Then we are also false witnesses to God,
because we testified against God that he raised Christ,
whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised,
and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain;
you are still in your sins.

Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are the most pitiable people of all.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
 

Reflect: A cornerstone of our faith is the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Paul is challenging the Corinthians regarding their belief in and acceptance of the resurrection of Christ.  He emphasizes that the life of Jesus without the resurrection is empty and our faith is in vain.  Not only through his birth, but also through the death and resurrection of Jesus did God’s love and mercy break through into our world in new and powerful ways.  The death and resurrection of Jesus holds for us hope and the anticipation of eternal life. Everything that Jesus did in his earthly life was directed toward drawing us, and all things, into life – the fullness of life.  So, too, for us, this life doesn’t make sense unless we are part of something more – everlasting life.  Who would want to lose out on that?

 

Is the way I live out my life geared toward everlasting life?  Does the death and resurrection of Jesus give me hope, and influence the choices I make every day?

 

Pray: Loving God, please give me the gift of faith so that I can believe and trust in the truth of the resurrection. May my life be transformed by the grace that Jesus offers me through his victory over death.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian: Pray for us!

 

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

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