Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

November 11, 2016 – Friday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Martin of Tours

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

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

 

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (17:26-37)

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”

Reflect: On the one hand, this Gospel message today can be a bit intimidating. On the other hand, however, it can be filled with hope. Remember that this passage comes immediately following Jesus’ instruction about the Kingdom of God being in our midst.  So the key here is to seek first the Kingdom of God; keep God at the center of all we do.  If Christ is our Light and our Hope, and we live as if we are redeemed by his cross and resurrection, there is absolutely nothing that we should fear. At our death, we don’t need to worry about the vultures gathering around us because by keeping Christ as our foundation and staying in his grace we will experience the fullness of his glory.

Is Jesus at the center of my life? Do I live in the confidence that the cross and resurrection of Jesus was for me as if I was the only person in the world? Do I accept all of the grace that Jesus offers me, seek to stay away from sin, and make good use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession)?

 

Pray: Loving God, may I fear no evil for I acknowledge you as my Rock, my Fortress, my Salvation! I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Martin of Tours: Pray for us!

 

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

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