Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

October 7, 2016 – Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Our Lady of the Rosary                                                        

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

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

Luke 11:15-23

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”

Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.

When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

 
Reflect: Jesus, the Messiah and God Incarnate, is being accused of doing good works – driving out demons – by the power of Beelzebul.  As absurd as that seems to us, it is a manifestation about the condition of the hearts of his accusers.  Their hearts were closed to the grace that God wanted to impart upon them. We may not fall into the trap of equating the works of Jesus with evil, but we can be closed off to the abundant graces that God wants to impart upon us.  As we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, it is an opportunity for us to welcome Jesus and his Mother into our lives, and maybe into our hard hearts, through meditating upon the mysteries of the rosary. It is a simple repetitive pray that has a powerful impact.  As Saint John Paul II writes: “To pray the rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother.  The rosary does indeed ‘mark the rhythm of human life,’ bringing it into harmony with the ‘rhythm’ of God’s own life, in the joyful communion of the Holy Trinity, our life’s destiny and deepest longing.  Through the rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer”

Do I welcome Jesus to break down my hard-heartedness so that he can lead me to real joy?  Do I welcome the Mother of God to lead me to Jesus through the recitation of the Holy Rosary?  If I’m reluctant to pray the rosary, can I try today as a way of turning over my burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ Jesus and his Mother Mary?

 

Pray: Loving God, please give me the grace to trust you, to welcome you and to lay my burden down into the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Our Lady of the Rosary: Pray for us!

 

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

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