Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

February 9, 2017 – Thursday of the 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)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (7:24-30)

Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
but he could not escape notice.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.
She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth,
and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.
For it is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied and said to him,
“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go.
The demon has gone out of your daughter.”

When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed
and the demon gone.

 
Reflect: “The demon has gone out of your daughter.” There seems to be a tug and pull between Jesus and the woman in today’s Gospel. Maybe what Jesus was looking for was a proclamation of faith.  In her own folksy way, the Syrophoenician woman articulated what she believed. In some ways, she felt less worthy than others – maybe because she was a foreigner – but she still believed that Jesus would listen to her plea.  Jesus meets her where she is; he acknowledges her and affirms her faith; her daughter experiences freedom from the demon. In today’s first reading from Genesis (chapter 2), God acknowledges the need for man and woman to be together, to complement one another, so he creates woman from the rib of man. God does not want us to be alone in the journey.  Whatever demon, challenge, or sin might be separating us from God and one another, Jesus wants to heal us and set us free.

Can I pour out my heart to Jesus without pretense so that he can meet me where I am today? What are the demons from which I need healing? Can I let God intervene for me?

Pray: Loving God, take away my isolation. Help me to walk toward you and not away. Heal me and fill me with your life.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

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

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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