Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

A Minute from Malvern

May 19, 2016  – Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051916.cfm  (Readings for the day)

James 5:1-6

 

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
your gold and silver have corroded,
and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days.
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
and the cries of the harvesters
have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
You have condemned;
you have murdered the righteous one;
he offers you no resistance.

 

Reflect: What a challenging indictment!  On a personal level, we can ask ourselves: “How am I rich and what do I do with those riches?”  As residents of the first world, what do any of us do with the material advantages with which God has blessed us?  The Church teaches us about making a preferential option for the poor – keeping in focus the needs of those less fortunate, domestically and abroad. Through the generosity of our benefactors here at Malvern, we are able to extend the retreat experience to women and men experiencing homelessness and others with limited financial means.  On a corporate level, that’s a beginning. Above all, the exhortation in this message from James is to focus on the things above, to store up for the kingdom of heaven.  As I try to grow in holiness, do I become more aware of people around me who are broken by life, who struggle to even find the bare necessities of life? Do I see Christ in them?

Pray: Loving God, give me a heart that genuinely seeks to love you in loving and serving people in need.  Take away from me selfishness and self-absorption so that I can be more and more aware of and responsive to people who suffer in my community and around the world. Give me a generous heart.  Amen.

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