Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

March 31, 2017 – Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

O God, save me by your name; by your power, defend my cause. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.

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 Wisdom (2:1A, 12-22)

The wicked said among themselves,
thinking not aright:
“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,

Reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the LORD.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts;
merely to see him is a hardship for us,
Because his life is not like that of others,
and different are his ways.
He judges us debased;
he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
He calls blest the destiny of the just
and boasts that God is his Father.

Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.

Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”

These were their thoughts, but they erred;
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.
 

Reflect: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us. As we move deeper into Lent and closer to Holy Week, we see more images in the daily scriptures of people who are intent upon destroying the Christ, the just one.  Essentially, the attacks on Jesus found in the Gospels, as well as the condemnatory prophetic pronouncements from the Old Testament, flow from persons who are uncomfortable because they are challenged by God’s call for them to live better lives. Where do we fit into that spectrum? Are we among those condemning and plotting to destroy Jesus or do we welcome his presence even when he challenges us to live righteous lives and to leave behind our selfishness and sin?  May our Lenten journey draw us closer to Jesus and his Light so that we might never call him obnoxious to us.  

Questions: How might I be declaring Jesus to be obnoxious to me and my plans in life? Does the light of Jesus’ words challenge my priorities, my attitudes?

Pray: Loving God, give me the strength to be attentive to your words and your ways so that I might be a faithful witness to your presence in our midst.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

In Christ, we have redemption by his Blood, and forgiveness of our sins, in accord with the riches of his grace.

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