Malvern Minute – Monday & Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

October 24, 2016 – Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

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

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (4:32 – 5:8)

Brothers and sisters:
Be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,
as is fitting among holy ones,
no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,
but instead, thanksgiving.
Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person,
that is, an idolater,
has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments,
for because of these things
the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
So do not be associated with them.
For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light.

 

Reflect: Kindness – Compassion – Forgiveness: three simple words that carry a lot of weight. In the final weeks of this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, we are reminded not only about the mercy that Jesus offers us, but, as his imitators, how we are called to be people of exceptional mercy toward others. Today, we remember Saint Anthony Mary Claret, the founder of the Claretian religious order. While he was serving as a bishop in Cuba, he was viciously attacked by a man with a knife; it left Anthony severely scarred. His response, however, was not condemnation or revenge, but rather forgiveness. In fact, he worked to have his attacker’s sentence remitted.  Kindness – Compassion – Forgiveness: these virtues go a long way in changing a hard-hearted world and in making the Light of Jesus know on the earth.

When someone hurts me, can I try to respond with love rather than hate and a desire for revenge? Can I bring to others the generous mercy that Jesus has shown to me?

 

Pray: Loving God, you have rescued me from darkness. May I live as a child of light by how I live my life and interact with others, especially the most difficult people in my life.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Anthony Mary Claret: Pray for us!


October 25, 2016  – Tuesday of the Thirtieth 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)

 The Holy Gospel according to Luke (13:18-21)

 Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.

Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

 
Reflect: It’s amazing how Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God.  In the Gospel today, he refers to a mustard seed and a bit of yeast.  Both seem insignificant and hardly noticeable, yet both transform into flourishing life sustaining substances.  So it is with love and mercy.  Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God for the conversion of the world. He was one man; one life – a life that ended by being humiliated with the crucifixion. But yet, he rose from the dead; he defeated sin and death! A small insignificant baby born to Mary and Joseph would become the Savior of the world.  We share in his Body in his Life.  As insignificant as we may feel we are, he calls us to proclaim his Kingdom through our faithfulness, through being instruments of his love and mercy in a world so desperate to know and experience the Truth.

Can I invite Jesus today to provide me with the fortitude and perseverance to not lose hope and to be faithful even when I can’t see how he is using my life to build his Kingdom?

 

Pray: Loving God, my life is in your hands. Use me, as you see fit, to build your Kingdom for your honor and glory and for the conversion of the world.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Might 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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