Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

August 30, 2016 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Second 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)

1 Corinthians 2:10b-16

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
Among men, who knows what pertains to the man
except his spirit that is within?
Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.

And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit,
describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God,
for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it,
because it is judged spiritually.
The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
Reflect: We have received the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit provides a perspective on life that helps us to see and understand the ways of God.  Put another way, the Spirit of God helps us to remain in the presence of Jesus and to remain in God’s grace. We can’t remain in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament 24/7, but we can seek to remain immersed in the Spirit of God so that we conduct all of our affairs – words, thoughts, deeds – as if we were constantly in the presence of God. We are more than the natural person who looks at life and lives out each day merely from a worldly perspective.  We are children of God, filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can understand and appreciate the depth of God’s love and action in the world.  That doesn’t occur, however, by happenstance.  We need to be nourished by the sacraments. We need to read scripture daily. We need to find time for prayer and for basking in God’s presence before the Blessed Sacrament.  All of that gives the spiritual person fuel for the journey; fuel for building and living in the Kingdom of God.

Do I value a life of faith?  Do I make an intentional effort to remain in the presence of God so as to let his Holy Spirit give me eyes of faith?  Do I genuinely invite God into all aspects of my daily affairs – no matter how earthly or mundane it may seem to me?  Do I let God and his Holy Spirit lead and guide all of my decision making?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me eyes of faith. May I have the grace to seek you and your ways in all that I do.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty; Holy and Immortal: Have mercy on us!

 

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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