Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

September 6, 2016 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Third 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)

Luke 6:12-19

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all
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Reflect: After a night in prayer, Jesus chooses the apostles. He then responded to the needs of the crowd by preaching and healing the sick as well as those tormented by unclean spirits.  In the first reading, Paul levels a powerful indictment upon the Corinthians who, even having been sanctified, are conforming themselves more to the attitudes and activities of the pagan society around them rather than staying rooted in the message of gospel.  Paul knows that the poor decisions of the Corinthians are leading them away from God. They are living a double life: professing Christ, but not being faithful to that profession of faith. That can happen to us.  We can lose perspective as we consume the values of the society that surrounds us. Through our baptism, we are called to so much more. We are called to be set apart to give witness to life in Christ. If we are honest, we can recognize where we need to confess our sins, draw close to God and renew our commitment to him.

Do I make a good examination of conscience daily to identify those areas in my life that are contrary to the Gospel? Am I living as a hypocrite – professing one thing, but acting in another way?  What needs to be healed in my life? Can I invite Jesus into that part of my life?

Pray: Loving God, I put my trust in you. I’m sorry for any way that I am not living as a genuine disciple. Lead me and guide me back to the right road so that I can walk with you in all things and at all times.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

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

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