Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

February 10, 2017 – Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Scholastica, Virgin

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 Book of Genesis (3:1-8)

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
“Did God really tell you not to eat
from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
it is only about the fruit of the tree
in the middle of the garden that God said,
‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'”
But the serpent said to the woman:
“You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they realized that they were naked;

so they sewed fig leaves together
and made loincloths for themselves.

When they heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the garden
at the breezy time of the day,
the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God
among the trees of the garden.

 
Reflect: They hid themselves from the Lord God. We can easily fall into the trap and feel as if we have to hide ourselves from God. That is Satan’s cunning: make sin look attractive and good so that we convince ourselves that it will enhance us. Sin can be that slippery slope that takes us away from God, and, then, we feel like we cannot let God see us so we end up trying to run further away from God when we need him the most.  Adam and Eve were ashamed; but God still came looking for them. In the Gospel today (Mk 7:31-37), Jesus heals a deaf man with a hearing impediment. He became free to hear the voice of God and to proclaim God’s praise. Jesus wants to make us whole even when our pride gets in the way and we think that we know better. He does not want us to hide ourselves, but to run to him with our need.

What sins, what obstacles are interfering with me putting myself into God’s hands without reservation?  How might I be trying to hide from God today? Do I believe that God wants to welcome me regardless of the sins I have committed?

 

Pray: Loving God, break through my pride. Remind me that you always welcome me in your presence. Take away my fear so that your ever-ready love and mercy can break through my hard and misdirected heart. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Scholastica: Pray for us!

 

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