Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

January 27, 2017 – Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Angela Merici

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 Letter to the Hebrews (10:32-39)

 

Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened,
you endured a great contest of suffering.
At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction;
at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.
You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison
and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property,
knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence;
it will have great recompense.
You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.

For, after just a brief moment,
he who is to come shall come;
he shall not delay.
But my just one shall live by faith,
and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him.

We are not among those who draw back and perish,
but among those who have faith and will possess life.
Reflect: We need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. The Christian journey is a marathon not a sprint. We can count on it. There will be suffering, affliction and every sort of challenge; but also an abundance of God’s grace leading to a great recompense. Just as the faithful in the early Church needed encouragement and reassurance to remain confident, so do we. God is reminding us that it is worth the fight – the reward is priceless.  Today, many thousands of witnesses are gathered in Washington, DC and in other cities for the March for Life. For more than 40 years, since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the USA, folks from around the country use this annual event to speak up for life. The defense of life is not an easy road, but it is the right thing to do. May God give us the endurance to persevere in doing right even in the most difficult of times.

If I feel weak or as if I’m wavering in faith, today is the day when I can ask God to fortify me in the journey. Maybe I can pause today to pray in solidarity with all of those people gathered for the March for Life so that the defense of life can become an ordinary practice in our society.

 

Pray: Loving God, give me the confidence to act justly and to choose your ways, your will for my life. Strengthen me when I am weak so that I may never waver from your call to be your disciple in this world. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Angela Merici: Pray for us!

 

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