Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

February 3, 2017 – Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

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 (13:1-8)

Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:

The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Reflect: “I will never forsake you or abandon you.” We face many challenges – some ordinary, others extraordinary. In the first reading today, we are encouraged to be faithful to God in our everyday responsibilities – hospitality, kindness to all, attention to the afflicted, marriage commitment, and our use of money. In today’s Gospel, we are reminded of Herod’s beheading of John the Baptist – sometimes we are pressed to the extreme. John knew his role: to level the way for the Lord. He remained steadfast to the end even though he faced a cruel, unjust and lonely death. Today’s commemoration of Saint Blaise recalls his martyrdom for the faith. We may or may not be put to the extreme test, but we will surely be challenged to remain faithful in the ordinary commitments to live as followers of Christ who take seriously whatever role that we have been called to and given in life. May our strength, especially in times of trial and weakness, be Jesus Christ who will never forsake or abandon us.

Am I ready to dedicate this day to Christ and rely on him as my helper, my strength and my shield? Do I turn to God for fortification in the ordinary challenges of life especially when I’m tempted to misuse the gifts that God has given me? Have I ever considered what I might do if God asked me to give up my life for his sake, for the sake of my faith?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to be faithful to you in the small things so that I might be ready to give you my all when faced with the huge challenges of life.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Blaise: Pray for us!

 

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