Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute


June 23, 2016  – Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time                                                       

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

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Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus said to his disciples:

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.

The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.

The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

Reflect: Maybe the difference between building a house on rock versus building one on sand is likened to the difference between simply hearing and truly listening.  If we truly listen to the words of life and truth that Jesus brings, we can’t but help to act on those words; to construct a life with a foundation firmly planted on firm rock (THE Rock).  If we merely hear, our heart and very being can’t be moved and our attempts to build falls into ruin because we have no real foundation; it’s as if our best efforts are ruined and consumed by quick sand.  If we want to resist the rains, floods and winds that are sure to buffet our lives, we have to be rooted and planted in Christ Jesus. Learning to listen to his voice is essential for finding peace in the present and eternal life in the future.

Pray: Loving God, please send out your Holy Spirit so that I might have the gift of being able to truly listen to your word and make it the foundation upon which I build my life. Amen.

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE MALVERN RETREAT HOUSE FAMILY FESTIVAL, on the MRH grounds, on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 1 pm – 6 pm. Rosary procession, Mass at our Lady’s Grotto, followed by games, food and music. For more information, go to: Festival Information



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