Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

November 17, 2016 – Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

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 (19:41-44)

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
he saw the city and wept over it, saying,

“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
but now it is hidden from your eyes.

For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

 
Reflect: Life is tough!  It’s even tougher when we fail to recognize the presence of Christ in our midst.  When we fail to recognize the presence of Christ, our lives lose hope.  Without hope, we are truly lost and vulnerable to complete destruction.  As we end this liturgical year, the carrion cry of Jesus to each of us is: “Open your eyes so that you may see!”  See what?  Life from the perspective of putting our hope, our peace, our joy, our focus in Jesus Christ who is always and forever the Way, the Truth and the Life.  That won’t exempt us from the pain and suffering that life brings; but it will help us to understand that even those trials can be redemptive.  Let’s entrust our families, our communities, our friends (and enemies!), our country, and the Church to the loving redemptive embrace of Jesus Christ our Lord! He is our true and only Hope.

In the midst of the demands of everyday life, do I take time to recognize that Jesus is in my midst – especially in the most unexpected ways?  Have I ever taken time to pray to dedicate my life, my family, my community, my country and the Church to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?  Do I comprehend that life without Christ is empty and vulnerable to being pulled into more emptiness?

 

Pray: Loving God, I dedicate myself and those I love to your most Sacred Heart. Take away my blindness so that I can recognize your unequaled love for me. Fill me with your Life, your Hope.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary: Pray for us!

 

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

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