Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

February 27, 2017 – Monday of the Eighth 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 Book of Sirach (17:20-24)

To the penitent God provides a way back,
he encourages those who are losing hope
and has chosen for them the lot of truth.
Return to him and give up sin,
pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.

Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,
hate intensely what he loathes,
and know the justice and judgments of God,
Stand firm in the way set before you,
in prayer to the Most High God.

Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High
in place of the living who offer their praise?
Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,
but offer your praise before death.
No more can the dead give praise
than those who have never lived;
You who are alive and well
shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.
How great the mercy of the LORD,
his forgiveness of those who return to him!

Reflect: He encourages those who are losing hope. It is sad to see people lose hope. You can see it in their eyes; their spirit sags. This Old Testament reading from Sirach invites us to know our God who wants to forgive sins and wants to restore hope for all people, but especially for those who may falsely believe that there is no hope for them. God’s mercy cannot be outdone. At the same time, he asks that we acknowledge our sin, detest what is evil and accept the lavish outpouring of love and forgiveness that comes only from our God. Evil and sin destroy the core of who we are; it chips away at our spirit. God encourages us and restores our hope – no one is hopeless in his eyes!

Do I ever find myself losing hope? What do I do, what do I seek at those moments? If I feel discouraged or beat up by life, can I simply say this prayer: “Loving God, please help me”?

 

Pray: Loving God, I praise you and glorify you for your love and mercy. Forgive me my sins and restore my hope. 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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