Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

September 23, 2016 – Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest                                                        

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

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

Luke 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
 

Reflect: Jesus says to us: “But who do you say that I am?”  Just as Peter answered Jesus, each of us needs to answer that question for ourselves. Ultimately, we can only answer Jesus once we have developed a relationship with him.  That takes time: time for prayer, reflection, learning; time for the sacraments, meditation on the Sacred Scriptures, and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  Just as we can’t get to know a good friend without spending lots of time with that person, and making a commitment to learn about their story, so, too, we need to carve out time for Jesus in our busy lives.  Even if we were born Catholics and attend Mass regularly, we need time to grow into our relationship with Jesus.  It isn’t something that we can take for granted; it isn’t something that we can presume we are prepared to answer.  Padre Pio, whose feast we celebrate today, spent countless hours encountering Christ. He was left with the visible wounds of Christ in his body. As he moved deeper into relationship with Christ, Jesus truly showed that he dwelt within Pio.

At this moment, how do I answer Jesus’ question: “But who do you say that I am?”  Do I carve out time to get to know Jesus better; to listen to his voice? Is getting to know Jesus better a priority for me?

 

Pray: Loving God, you love me beyond measure. Grant me the grace to seek you, to desire to spend time with you, and to grow in my understanding of who you are.  Give me the courage to testify before the world that you are the Christ. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Padre Pio: Pray for us!

 

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

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