Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

June 27, 2016 – Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time                                                      

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

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Matthew 8:18-22

When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

Another of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead.”

Reflect: We are often attracted by persons with power and prestige. We might think: “If only I could be part of that person’s entourage, I’d have it made.” Jesus makes it very clear: choose to follow me for the right reasons.  He doesn’t want to provide any illusions of grandeur.  If we follow him, it means that we accept that his grace will be sufficient for us.  There will be times when it seems as if we’ve lost everything to follow him. Our “yes” to Jesus can’t be predicated on a guaranteed payout of an earthly reward. He will provide for us, but we need to make an unqualified, trusting commitment without counting the cost.  We may not have a place to lay our head, but he will never abandon us or forget about us.

Pray: Loving God, I can be preoccupied with looking out for my well-being and that of those I love to the point that, out of fear, I hold back from you. Please give me the courage to make a complete, unreserved yes to follow you, and trust you regardless of the circumstances that surround me. Amen.

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

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