Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

February 16, 2017 – Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (8:27-33)

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”

Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

 

Reflect: Who do you say I am? That’s a straight forward question for us as it was for Peter. We want to respond that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior. But, also as Peter, we need to go to the follow-up question: Once we know that Jesus must suffer greatly, be rejected by the big-wigs and those in authority, be killed and rise after three days – with all of that ugliness, do we still want to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah; or do we want to look for someone, something else? The challenge is that if all of that is true, we, as followers of Christ, should expect nothing less than what Jesus experienced.  Thus, the scandal of the cross. The Savior must suffer rejection, harsh judgment, ridicule, condemnation and death – before rising from the dead. Why? Because that’s what love (Love) does. We can’t comprehend any of this unless we learn to think as Jesus, to think as the Divine Lover. May we learn and may we proclaim with all the conviction we can muster: “You are the Christ!” – With an awareness of all that it means.

In the depths of my heart who do I believe that Jesus is – and why? Do I sometimes feel like Peter who rebuked Jesus because he spoke of suffering, rejection and death before the resurrection? How can I learn to think more like God, like Jesus?

 

Pray: Loving God, help to see and accept the fullness of who you are and what your life means for me and the world. Give me the strength to not be discouraged by the suffering and trials of this world as I walk with you and toward you. 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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