Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

September 5, 2016 – Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Labor Day                                                      

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

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

Luke 6:6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”

Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

 
Reflect: In the Gospel according to Luke, we continue to see Jesus creating a fresh understanding of God, of faith, of religion.  Addressing the hidden, jealous hearts of the scribe and Pharisees, Jesus shows that God’s love and compassion trumps any narrow ritualistic observance.  For the sake of the Kingdom of God what is better: to do good or evil; to save life or destroy it?  On this day that we thank God for the gift of labor, let’s ask ourselves whether our daily labor does good rather than evil, saves life rather than destroys it?  In all that we do, does our labor build or destroy the Kingdom of God by our attitudes, words and deeds, as well as how we interact with others?

Am I driven by love and compassion in the way that I conduct myself and interact with others? As I examine my conscience at the end of the day, can I say before God that I have contributed to building up the Kingdom of God or not?

 

Pray: Loving God, I thank you for the gift of work. Please give me the grace to honor you in all that I do. Please show me how to witness to your love and compassion in the world.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

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

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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