Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

October 21, 2016 – Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time                                                        

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

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

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (4:1-6)

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit
through the bond of peace;
one Body and one Spirit,

as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

 

Reflect: Through our baptism we have a call to be one in the Body of Christ. As part of Christ’s Body, we have a duty to bring his presence to the world.  Perhaps this reading from Ephesians might serve as a good examination of conscience: Do I live in a manner worthy of my call so there is no doubt that I am united with Christ’s Body?  Do I conduct myself with humility never looking down on others, but desiring to raise up all peoples? Am I gentle, kind and respectful toward all people I encounter throughout the day?  Am I patient; slow to anger; slow to judge; quick to listen to and understand the other?  Does love and mercy permeate all that I do?  Do I actively seek to preserve the unity of Christ’s Body through forgiveness, reconciliation, seeking out the lost, the rejected, the wounded, the broken, the alienated, the least of my brothers and sisters?  Do I commit myself to preserve and promote peace within the Body of Christ and to maintain unity even when I don’t understand or agree with another’s point of view?

When was the last time I made a good confession? Can I use the reflection above to help me get started?

 

Pray: Loving God, may I dedicate myself to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace; and be always united in the one Body and Spirit, one Lord, one faith and one baptism – that is life in you.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

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

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