Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

December 15, 2016 – Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

 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 Book of the Prophet Isaiah (54:5-10)

Fear not, you shall not be put to shame;
you need not blush, for you shall not be disgraced.

The shame of your youth you shall forget,
the reproach of your widowhood no longer remember.
For he who has become your husband is your Maker;
his name is the LORD of hosts;
Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
called God of all the earth.
The LORD calls you back,
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
A wife married in youth and then cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great tenderness I will take you back.
In an outburst of wrath, for a moment
I hid my face from you;
But with enduring love I take pity on you,
says the LORD, your redeemer.

This is for me like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah
should never again deluge the earth;
So I have sworn not to be angry with you,
or to rebuke you.

Though the mountains leave their place
and the hills be shaken,
My love shall never leave you
nor my covenant of peace be shaken,
says the LORD, who has mercy on you.

 

Reflect: Our sin can tear us down. The evil one likes to prey on our brokenness through sin and convince us that because we did something wrong, there isn’t any hope or that we can’t be saved.  Jesus, on the other hand, comes into the world announcing the good news that we hear in Isaiah, “My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you.” Perhaps we are living with some kind of desolation – as if we are in a desert, isolated from life. A powerful message in this Advent/Christmas season is that God loves us so much that he sent his only Son into the world to forgive sins, restore hope and announce the Kingdom of God. Instead of beating us over the head with our sins and mistakes in life, Jesus shows us that God is waiting for us with open arms and a huge loving heart – if we repent and accept his invitation.  He asks us to trust him. It’s not all on us to fix it; in fact we can only pick up and move forward in life when we turn all that we are – messes and all – over to Jesus so that he can take over all aspects of our life.

Can I believe that Jesus loves me – regardless of the sin in my life?  Can I trust Jesus enough to accept his invitation to return to him with hope and repentance? What is holding me back from trusting in Jesus’ incomparable love and mercy?

 

Pray: Loving God, I carry the guilt of my sins. Help me to rejoice and be glad knowing that your message of salvation, of peace and hope is meant for me.  I ask this in the powerful and 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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