Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute


November 8, 2016        Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

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


A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (17:7-10)

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.’”


Reflect: Human nature seems to be inclined toward recognition and entitlement. At least in our culture, as in many others, external signs of achievement are very important. To some degree those signs can be a source of motivation. Jesus, however, reminds us that as disciples we are called to do “what we were obliged to do”. Our motivation to live the Christian life as shown by Jesus shouldn’t be inspired by earthly accolades, but rather by love – Jesus who loves us beyond imagining, and our feeble attempt to love him and others because he loved us first. We are called to humbly live the love of Jesus in the world. We are called to serve one another; not seeking something in return, but simply because Jesus shows us that what is pleasing to God is take on a disposition of service, compassion, forgiveness – all for his honor and glory, not ours.

Is my goal to be first and to be served, or to be last so I can serve others?  Do I wear my achievements in the spiritual life as trophies to be displayed or just as something I’m called to do – cooperation with the grace of God?  How can I quietly and anonymously serve God today?


Pray: Loving God, help me to live temperately, justly and devoutly. Show me how to honor you by doing your  will.  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!



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