Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

September 30, 2016 – Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church                                                        

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

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

Job 38:1; 40:3-5

 

The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said:

Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning
and shown the dawn its place
For taking hold of the ends of the earth,
till the wicked are shaken from its surface?
The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,
and dyed as though it were a garment;
But from the wicked the light is withheld,
and the arm of pride is shattered.

Then Job answered the LORD and said:

Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again;
though twice, I will do so no more.

 

Reflect: In today’s first reading (of which only a snippet is captured here), we are invited deeper into the saga of Job. He is going through a rough time of faith formation, and God finds it necessary to put him on a corrective path; so he speaks to Job out of his storm. In this case, Job, although a trusting servant of God, begins to manifest arrogance and pride; or as scripture puts it: “because he was righteous in his own eyes” (32:1).  As if he hadn’t been put through the wringer enough, God challenges Job in order to purify his heart. Job gets the message and recognizes that he is the servant of God, but he isn’t God – no matter how righteous he may try to be. Maybe today is an opportunity for us to reflect about how arrogance and pride or self-righteousness can trip us up from having a pure heart before God.

Do I have a tendency to think too highly of myself no matter how noble my actions? Do I recognize that my acts of mercy toward others and my faithfulness to God are nothing more than what a servant of God should be doing? How do I accept correction from God especially when it comes in the form of someone else’s observation about my attitudes and actions?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me the courage to put my heart and mind in your hands and to let you form me and use me for your honor and glory.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Jerome: Pray for us!

 

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

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