Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

June 6, 2016  – Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Norbert                                                       

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

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/060616.cfm  (Readings for the day)

Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

Reflect: In this Holy Year of Mercy, it is fitting that our attention is drawn to mercy in the beatitudes. To be merciful is to have a compassionate understanding of another’s unhappiness; to unburden the sorrows of others as if they were our own. Jesus is asking us to imitate the Father (and Jesus as one with the Father) in showing an active compassion to brothers and sisters who are burdened with sin as well as those who carry a sorrowful heart due to the injustice and difficulties of life. God’s mercy is always there for us. What are we doing to alleviate a sorrowful heart of those around us?

 

Pray: Loving God, I need your mercy. Help me to accept the mercy that you offer me. At the same time, please give me an attitude of mercy so that I might have a compassionate heart rather than a judging heart toward others I encounter in the ordinary paths of my day, as well as toward those around the world who are victimized by injustice and abuse of any kind. Amen.

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

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