Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

April 7, 2017 – Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Memorial of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Priest

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

From the Book of Psalms (18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6, 7)

  1. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    I love you, O LORD, my strength,
    O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    My God, my rock of refuge,
    my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
    Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
    and I am safe from my enemies.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    The breakers of death surged round about me,
    the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
    The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
    the snares of death overtook me.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    In my distress I called upon the LORD
    and cried out to my God;
    From his temple he heard my voice,
    and my cry to him reached his ears.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

Reflect: In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice. The readings today are filled with persecution. In both the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (chapter 20) and the Gospel accord to John (chapter 10), we find the prophet exclaiming, “Terror on every side… let us denounce him”, as well as finding that the listeners of Jesus’ words“picked up rocks to stone Jesus.” We are in the midst of Passiontide where we discover the pain of perseverance and faithfulness. Clearly, we know that Easter Sunday and the Resurrection is on the horizon, but we, together with Jesus, as the Church must walk the pain of the passion. There is no way to escape the cross if we want to enjoy the victory of life. But we aren’t alone; we are never alone. Jesus, our Rock, our Refuge, our Shield, our Salvation and Stronghold hears our cries.

Questions: What are the crosses that I’m carrying in my life today? Do I believe that if I cry out to God in my distress that he will hear me? If I feel buried by the burden of being faithful to Christ, do I believe that he walks with me and carries those burdens for me – if I’m willing to turn them over to him?

Pray: Loving God, give me the grace to contemplate the Passion of Christ and in so doing desire to cling more firmly each day to his word and life. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Jesus bore our sins in his own body on the cross, so that dead to sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds we have been healed.

Saint John Baptist de la Salle died in 1719. He served in the Diocese of Rheims. In 1680, he gave away his fortune to found the Brothers of the Christian Schools (the Christian Brothers), who today number close to 5,000 members throughout the world. He is the patron of teachers.

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