Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

November 7, 2016 – Monday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

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

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

 

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (17:1-6)

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
 

Reflect: As we near the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, there are so many reminders about the importance of forgiveness and mercy. For many of us, the idea of forgiveness sounds wonderful when we seek God’s forgiveness and mercy toward ourselves, but quite a challenge when we have to step up to forgive a brother or sister who has offended us. If we follow the lead from society, we hear a lot of chatter about holding our ground and not giving in to an offender. That attitude breeds a lot of resentment and bitterness that eats away at us. On the other hand, we see in today’s Gospel Jesus’ exhortation to forgive. In fact, if someone “wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”  That is spiritual medicine for the other as well as for us.  The world needs so much healing. Hatred, bitterness, anger and resentment are tearing us apart. Jesus offers us a better way; a healthier way; a way that will save us!

Who do I need to forgive today? Which of my relationships is Jesus prompting me to place before him for healing so that I can be freed from the pain and bitterness that tears me down? Is there anyone from whom I need to ask forgiveness?

 

Pray: Loving God, fill me with the grace of integrity so that I might put your ways and your word into action in my life.  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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