Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

October 4, 2016 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Francis of Assisi                                                      

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

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

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

 

Reflect: Today the Church remembers Saint Francis of Assisi. Born in the late twelfth century, Francis was a restless lad who was in search of something more than his family’s wealth, his lively social life and his vast opportunities could provide.  He found that “more” in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Similar to what we hear in today’s Gospel reading, Francis learned to choose the “better part”.  Through his relationship with Jesus, he was led to embrace the leper and bring the Good News to marginalized people.  His joy was to find unity with Christ and he saw all creation as his brother and sister.  The Eucharist was the center of his life. United in Christ, there were no walls of separation between him and other people.  His uncanny desire to embrace the cross and live the fullness of the Gospel set him apart as a unique representative of Christ on earth.  As a sign of that unity, Francis received the stigmata (the five wounds of Christ) in his own body.  Francis wanted nothing more than to live the life of Christ and detach himself from an unnecessary dependence on the things of this world. His witness came at a critical time in the history of the Church and his followers continue to witness to prayer, simplicity, faithfulness to the Church and service to those most in need.

Do I look for ways to sit at the feet of Jesus through prayer and meditation on the Holy Scriptures?  Do I listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit when God invites me to a deeper relationship with him?  Am I able to look for the presence of Christ in the lives of men, women and children who are pushed to the margins of life, refugees, and victims of violence, war and abuse?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me a heart that desires to know you more, love you better and to serve you with all my heart.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Francis of Assisi: Pray for us!

 

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

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