Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

September 27, 2016 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

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

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

Luke 9:51-56

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village
.

 

Reflect: Jesus and the apostles are rejected. Because they are headed to Jerusalem, the people in the town where they stopped didn’t want to have anything to do with them.  That angered James and John and they wanted to “call down fire from heaven to consume them”.  In contrast, Jesus simply led them forward to another village.  When we journey with Jesus, he teaches us a new way.  While the world may agree that calling down fire on folks who reject them is the way to go, Jesus’ response is to accept the rejection and move onward to a place where they can rest and not fight.  It was more important for Jesus to give example to his apostles that God’s mission shouldn’t be diluted with hatred, revenge and bitterness; that his mission was to stay focused on arriving in Jerusalem because there, in the midst of rejection and suffering, he was to redeem the world.

Do I find myself getting distracted from my call to faithfully follow Christ when I experience rejection, ridicule and suffering?  Is my focus on doing the will of God or is it on defending my image before the world?

 

Pray: Loving God, you show me the way to journey in this world for you are the Way. In those moments when I am consumed by a desire to maintain power and image, help me to find my way back to your pathway – the pathway of Life.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Vincent de Paul: Pray for us!

 

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

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