Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute


September 1, 2016 – Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President ( 

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

1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Brothers and sisters:
Let no one deceive himself.
If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,
let him become a fool, so as to become wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,

for it is written:

God catches the wise in their own ruses,

and again:

The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Reflect: The Christian paradox: become foolish to be wise.  The message of Jesus turns the world upside down.  The message of Jesus should turn us upside down, as well. We can become practitioners of how to be wise in the world, but Jesus says, “Think again.”  If his life means anything for us, we need to be willing to relearn our concepts of wisdom and foolishness.  Essentially, it means letting go so that Jesus can lead us in all things. In the Gospel today from Luke, we see how Jesus approached Simon and turned his life upside down and inside out.  Simon, the professional fisherman, was awestruck by Jesus, the carpenter and preacher, who taught him how to fish.  His life was never the same. He let the “foolishness” of God lead him to true wisdom.

Can I let myself take the risk of becoming foolish for the sake of Jesus and his message of Life?  What is holding me back from trusting Jesus more?  What is more important to me: the wisdom of the world or the “foolishness” of Christ?

Pray: Loving God, help me to have the courage to risk being foolish so that I might gain the truth and the fullness of life that only comes from you.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

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



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