Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

September 26, 2016 – Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Cosmos and Damian                                                        

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

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

Job 1:13-22

And so one day, while his sons and his daughters
were eating and drinking wine
in the house of their eldest brother,
a messenger came to Job and said,
“The oxen were ploughing and the asses grazing beside them,
and the Sabeans carried them off in a raid.
They put the herdsmen to the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, another came and said,
“Lightning has fallen from heaven
and struck the sheep and their shepherds and consumed them;
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, another messenger came and said,
“The Chaldeans formed three columns,
seized the camels, carried them off,
and put those tending them to the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, another came and said,
“Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine
in the house of their eldest brother,
when suddenly a great wind came across the desert
and smote the four corners of the house.
It fell upon the young people and they are dead;
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Then Job began to tear his cloak and cut off his hair.
He cast himself prostrate upon the ground, and said,

“Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb,
and naked shall I go back again.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!”

In all this Job did not sin,
nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.

 

Reflect: And you thought you were having a bad day! Job was tried in extraordinary ways. He lost everything, but he did not curse God.  He was in great mourning, but he stayed faithful; believing that God’s love and faithfulness was more important than the accomplished life he had earned, even more precious than the lives of his sons and daughters.  It wasn’t over yet, there is more bad news to come. Nonetheless, Job does not turn away from God. In contrast, we find the disciples in today’s gospel arguing about who was the greatest. At that moment, it was all about them. Jesus puts a little child in their midst, a child who is completely dependent and who has no material goods, not even personal accomplishments, “For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Still, they don’t get it. They are jealous because someone from the “outside”, someone “new” to the discipleship arena is casting out demons in Jesus’ name.  Jesus boldly reminds them that the gifts of discipleship are not shared with only a select few: “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”  In other words: “Wake up disciples! The message of the Good News is too important to be excluding people and creating divisions.”

How do I respond to God when I’m tried, when my status or accomplishments are threatened?  At the end of the day, is it about me or is it about serving God and giving witness to Jesus, his Gospel and his Kingdom?

 

Pray: Loving God, you give and you take away. May I trust you in all things and at all times. Blessed be your holy name in the good and in trials. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saints Cosmos and Damian: Pray for us!

 

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

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