Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 15, 2016 – Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Albert the Great

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

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

 

A Reading from the Book of Revelation (3:1-6; 14-22)

I, John, heard the Lord saying to me: “To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this:

“‘The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says this: “I know your works, that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent. If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you. However, you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; they will walk with me dressed in white, because they are worthy.

“‘The victor will thus be dressed in white, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father and of his angels.

“‘Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

“To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write this:

“‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this: “I know your works;
I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

“‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.

“‘Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
 

Reflect: Today, we should simply meditate on this word from the Book of Revelation and let it touch our heart. It’s a challenging word, but God, because of his incomparable love intends to save us, “Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.” As we approach the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year and the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, it is time to take stock of our soul, our relationship with Jesus. Where do we stand?

Am I lukewarm about my relationship with Jesus? Do I have a genuine zeal for Jesus: to know him, to love him and to serve him? Do I find myself saying or thinking, from a worldly perspective, “I have it all. I have no need of anything?”  How might that attitude be threatening my soul? In what ways do I need to repent? When was the last time I made a good confession?

 

Pray: Loving God, please provide for me gold refined by fire so that I may be rich in you, white garments to cover my nakedness, and holy ointment to cure me from my blindness. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Albert the Great: Pray for us!

 

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