Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

 October 17, 2016 – Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr                                                        

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

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

The Holy Gospel According to Luke (12:13-21)

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

 
Reflect: If God ordained that, today, you or I would take our last breath, where would we stand?  The challenge in today’s Gospel is about greed, pride and selfishness. Jesus’ message is that we need to go out of ourselves; we need to consider the needs of others. We live in a society that preaches the value of taking care of number one – ourselves – above and before anything or anyone else. The Gospel challenges us to get it right; to die to self, to put others first, and to love my neighbor as myself.  Greed, pride and selfishness can be tough nuts to crack for anyone.  If we abandon ourselves to Jesus and his Word, we might be on the path to salvation – to what matters to God.

Do I seek to be rich in what matters to God?  Do the needs of the widows, orphans, refugees, homeless, hungry, imprisoned, sick and dying matter to me? If so, what am I doing about it? If not, why not?

Pray: Loving God, help me to have a heart and mind that feels and understands what matters to you. Help me to make those things matter to me.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch: Pray for us!

 

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

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