Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

February 24, 2017 – Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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 Mark (10:1-12)

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan.
Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom,
he again taught them.
The Pharisees approached him and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”
They replied,
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”

In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”
Reflect: What God has joined together, no human being must separate. While the focus of today’s gospel is on the permanence of marriage, Jesus is also addressing those who want to easily assert a human mindset that can quickly justify something contrary to God’s will when it seems to no longer carry a utilitarian purpose: if the marriage doesn’t fit into my goals, then I move on to something or someone else. The underlying call is faithfulness to what God has called us to be. Any relationship, any marriage covenant, any vocation requires a series of ongoing recommitments. Sometimes it doesn’t feel “convenient” or satisfying or what we expected it to be, but if it is ordained by God then he will provide the grace, wisdom and strength for us to persevere; but we have to go to any length to preserve what God has called us to be, to live.

Do I need to ask God’s grace to strengthen me in my commitments today? How is God asking me to collaborate with him so that my vocation can remain rich and renewed? Do I need to pray for someone (some people; a couple) today who may be struggling in their vocation, their commitment?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me the wisdom, grace and strength to be faithful to the life you have called me to live. Please enter into those areas where I struggle to be faithful to the person, the vocation that you have ordained for me. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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