Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

December 22, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

 O King of all nations and keystone of the Church;

Come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

 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 (1:46-56)

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.

 

Reflect: Today’s “O Antiphon” is “O King of all nations and Cornerstone of the Church”.  Our God reigns! We have a God who is the keystone of the Church. What does he build with? As proclaimed by Mary in the Magnificat, he constructs the Church with: mercy; empowerment of the lowly; and, fulfillment of the hungry. He comes to us as a lowly servant who embraces those in need; and returns all he is and all he has to the Father for the sake of the lowly ones. Jesus, the King, comes to serve and to instill hope into the world for those most in need.

Do I hear Jesus asking me to give him my neediness, my brokenness, my hunger – so that he can fulfill me in ways the world never can? How might Jesus be inviting me to imitate him as a servant to people in need – maybe even those who suffer in silence right before me?

Pray: Loving God, fill me with your love; heal me with your mercy. Show me how to serve rather than be served.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory! (Psalm 24 (23):7)

 

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

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