Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

November 28, 2016 – Monday of the First Week of Advent  

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 Matthew (8:5-11)

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.

For I too am a man 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 and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.

I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Reflect: As we begin the Advent season, the Gospel for the day doesn’t seem to have anything to do with preparation for Christmas. Of course, if we understand that the coming of Jesus – true God and true man – has a lot to do with faith, then maybe the story of the centurion with the paralyzed servant begins to find its context. In the Holy Eucharist, taking the example of the centurion and before receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus we say, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” As much as for the centurion as for us, this is a statement of faith. We need faith to believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine. We need faith to believe that the little baby Jesus is Savior of my life and of the world. We need faith to move the center of the world from ourselves to Jesus; trusting that his will be done in every moment of every day. The more we believe, the more our heart is ready to welcome Jesus and willing to let him take control of our lives.

Does my faith need to be stronger? What is holding me back from acknowledging my need for Jesus? How do I put more emphasis on Jesus and his message and less on my self?

 

Pray: Loving God, as I walk amid the passing things of this world, let me be attentive to you so that when you come knocking I might be ready to receive you and to hold fast to what truly endures. 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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