Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

September 22, 2016  – Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth 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)

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!

What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays.
The sun rises and the sun goes down; then it presses on to the place where it rises.
Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north, the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.
All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full.
To the place where they go, the rivers keep on going.
All speech is labored; there is nothing one can say.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear satisfied with hearing.

What has been, that will be;
what has been done, that will be done.
Nothing is new under the sun.

Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
There is no remembrance of the men of old; nor of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them.
 

Reflect: Qoheleth, the writer of Ecclesiastes paints a picture of life being nothing but vanity – useless, pointless, and frivolous.  So it is if this is all we are living for.  Life without purpose beyond the immediate or short-term of our earthly life has little meaning.  Maybe we can satisfy our pride or our desire to succeed at something, but that will pass away.  Jesus calls us to be something more. With our eyes set on eternal life and the road map presented to us through the Holy Scripture and the tradition of the Church, we become focused on “the more”, the purposeful, the most meaningful – the Kingdom of God. Interestingly, in today’s Gospel from Saint Luke (9:9) we find Herod “trying to see him.”  He is trying to “see” who Jesus is, but he can’t. He is focused on the earthly kingdom that he is building for himself.  What are we focused on?

Is my energy and life-focus directed toward building for the immediate, short-term kingdom of this world or for something that lasts forever?  Can I see and recognize the higher things that Jesus calls me to through even the ordinariness of daily life?

 

Pray: Loving God, it is you that I seek, but I’m easily distracted. Please give me the grace to align myself with your ways and a heart that desires your kingdom above all other things.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

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

 

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

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