Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

November 14, 2016    Monday of the Thirty-Third 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 (17:26-37)

 

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

Reflect: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” How many times have we found ourselves saying something similar? The truth is that Jesus hears us! Just as he asked the blind beggar, “What do you want me to do for you?” he is asking the same of us. But, unlike the blind beggar, sometimes we hold back on asking Jesus for his mercy. Sometimes we think we aren’t worthy, that God has better things to do, or maybe we’re just too proud to ask for help – even from the One who loves us beyond imagining.

 

Can I acknowledge my need for Jesus and his mercy? Is my pride getting in the way of reaching out to Jesus for his mercy? Can I try in my prayer today to slowly and meaningfully repeat the phrase for as long as I need to, “Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me?”

 

Pray: Loving God, let me to hear your voice and to experience your love for me. 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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