Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

September 13, 2016 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Luke 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.

A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.

Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.
 

Reflect: Jesus shows great compassion for the widow.  Not only is she without a husband, but her only son, the only remaining relative who could care for her has died.  Jesus gives new life to the son, and to the mother, as well. God’s grace intervened so that both mother and son would have a new start.  How could that not have changed their lives?  Yes, the miracle of seeing the son raised from the dead was impressive enough, but the mourners and onlookers understood the cultural ramifications the woman: the widow, the dead son’s mother, was doomed without an advocate; she was lost without someone who could provide for her. Even when we are doomed, God hears our cry and intervenes: Jesus, the Son of God and our Savior, becomes our hope, our advocate. He understands the heart that cries out to him for mercy and assistance.

Do I trust God to hear my prayer and the cry of my heart or do I try to make it on my own?  Do I believe that God wants to raise me to new life?

 

Pray: Loving God, I cry out to you because I need you. If you are not present in my life, I am lost and doomed. Please hear my prayer and raise me up with your loving embrace. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint John Chrysostom: Pray for us!

 

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

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