Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

December 2, 2016 – Friday of the First Week of Advent

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 Matthew (9:27-31)

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened.

Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
 

Reflect: A great grace of Advent is expectation.  As we anticipate the birth of Jesus, the celebration of Christmas, a very unique hopefulness can begin to dwell up inside of us. Something within us expects an encounter with Christ. Perhaps our hearts call out to Jesus, “Son of David, have pity on us!” Perhaps it’s the belief that Jesus’ love can touch our hearts so that we can see the blessings around us in ways that we could never have imagined.  That is why we hear from Isaiah 29 this proclamation of hope: On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” Believing in the power and grace, the light and love, the peace and hope of the Savior can touch the depths of our soul to heal our lingering hurts, to reconstruct our broken spirits, and enliven our despairing hearts.

Do I expect that the Savior desires to recreate my broken spirit?  Can I dare to believe that God wants to cure my inability to see his acts of love and mercy?

 

Pray: Loving God, please stir up your power and come into my life. Rescue me from the pressing dangers of my sins; and with you to set me free, may I be found worthy of salvation.  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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