Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

February 13, 2017 – Monday of the Sixth 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 Mark (8:11-13)

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?

Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.
 

Reflect: They sought a sign from heaven to test him. The fullness of goodness and life, hope and salvation was right before them, but they weren’t content. They insisted on a sign. The goal wasn’t so much the sign, but rather to challenge Jesus; to try to destroy his credibility. In the first reading today from Genesis (chapter 4), we see jealousy and pride take over the heart of Cain to the point that he kills his brother Abel. Both readings reveal how sinfulness can take hold of the human heart. There are times when we want to challenge, attack, discredit, destroy, and kill the spirit of someone who seems to be getting ahead or is pleasing in the eyes of God. Why? Maybe because we think that it makes us look bad or that the attention we desire is diverted to someone else. God calls us to be united in him, to appreciate the gifts and blessings of all of those around us, and to trust that there is a role and purpose for each of us. Together we are the Body of Christ. We have no need to test Jesus, but rather to trust him.

How might I be letting jealousy and pride dominate my life instead of gratefulness and praise for what I have and how God is working in me? What are the relationships in my life that need healing and forgiveness? Can I offer that to God today and ask that he remove bitterness and hatred from my heart?

 

Pray: Loving God, please give me a loving heart that recognizes all that you are. Help me to remove jealousy and bitterness so that I can seek to build up your Body rather than destroy it. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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