Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

November 10, 2016    Thursday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Leo the Great

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 Holy Gospel according to Luke (17:20-25)

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
 

Reflect: We often look for the extraordinary and exceptional – the headline grabber – to get our attention. We seek to find out what’s “trending”.  So in today’s Gospel the Pharisees want an insider’s tip about when to expect the Kingdom of God so that they’re ready.  It’s happening right before their eyes, but they can’t recognize it. Jesus came quietly as a weak dependent baby. He recruited fishermen and tax collectors to be part of his intimate team. So unless one has the eyes of faith or a heart that desires to do the Heavenly Father’s will, it is impossible to see the powerful intervention of God’s grace unfolding right before them. The same can happen today.  The Kingdom of God is happening in our midst; Jesus calls us to imitate him so that his Kingdom will continue to be revealed through our quiet, committed and faith-filled lives.

Do I pause to recognize the miraculous happening in the “ordinariness” of each day? Do I ask God for “eyes of faith” to experience the depth of his presence in the Mass, in the sacraments? Do I seek with all my heart to be a disciple who becomes an instrument in announcing the Kingdom of God wherever I am?

 

Pray: Loving God, may your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Leo the Great: Pray for us!

 

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

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