Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute


July 14, 2016  – Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha                                                     

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President ( 

Click for: Readings for the day 

Matthew 11:28-30 

Jesus said:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Reflect: When life has the best of us and we find ourselves exhausted in mind, body and spirit, we long for rest, for a respite from the heavy burdens. Ironically, Jesus invites us to go to him to take on another burden; but one that is light and provides rest. When we stay close to Jesus and look for his words, listen for his voice, follow his ways, we become “burdened” with his yoke.  That means that we are in synch, in tune with his life that provides the fullness of life for each of us.  When we accept being truly yoked with Jesus, all aspects of our lives – relationships, attitudes, dispositions, desires, dreams – change so that we become new creations for his glory and honor. When I am exhausted and overburdened with life’s demands what do I tend to turn to? What gets in my way from being “yoked” to Jesus?

Pray: Loving God, I need your rest. At the same time, I’m afraid of what your yoke may cost me. Please give me the grace to trust that whatever you offer to me is done out of love. Please help me to believe with all my heart that you would never lead me astray.  May I give over to you the burdens of my life; left alone, I can’t handle any of them.  You, alone, are my Peace, my Hope, my Salvation. Amen.


Consider joining the Men and Women of Malvern by deepening your personal relationship with Jesus and your commitment as a disciple through a retreat experience.  See our website for details:


addiction-support family find-us history grief-or-loss marriage mens storiespng testimonial womens young-adulthood healing our-grounds prayers calendar malvern-live retreats2go plan-your-visit donate