Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute


 January 13, 2017 – Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Hilary

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (2:1-12)

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
–he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.

They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”


Reflect: Faith is not frustrated by apparent obstacles, but sees the opportunity for grace, for blessing.  The four men who carried their friend to the roof above Jesus and lowered him down into the presence of the Lord were people of amazing faith.  The crowd blocking their access did not discourage them, but rather, being undeterred, they found a way to get their friend before Jesus. Jesus recognized their faith, forgave the man’s sins and healed him of his paralysis. How might our faith help to bring others to Jesus?

What have I done lately to serve as an instrument of faith so that others can find the freeing and healing power of Jesus’ love and mercy?  Is there someone I need to pray for today?  Is there someone I need to reach out today to show support or some small kindness or encouragement?


Pray: Loving God, use me as your instrument, as your disciple. Whomever I encounter today may they desire to know you, to love you, to serve you in this world and in the Kingdom to come.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Saint Hilary: Pray for us!



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