Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

September 12, 2016        Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary                                                        

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

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

Luke 7

When Jesus was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.

For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health

 
Reflect: Jesus recognized the genuine faith of the centurion: “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  So significant are the words of the centurion that these are incorporated in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the words and my soul shall be healed.”  In contrast, we see in the first reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 11, where St. Paul excoriates the Corinthians for their lack of appropriately celebrating the Eucharist. Their lack of charity and respect for one another is diminishing the very act that should be uniting them and strengthening their faith.  The Eucharist can be a source of great healing if celebrated in faith.

What is my disposition when I attend Mass: am I truly attentive to what it is that we celebrate?  Do I trust and believe that Jesus wants to and can heal and strengthen me through his Body and Blood?

 

Pray: Loving God, may I have the faith of the centurion to believe in your desire to heal me. Help me with your grace to worthily participate in the Holy Eucharist and to believe in the true presence of your Body and Blood.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace: Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death!

 

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

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