Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 29, 2016 – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent  

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 the Prophet Isaiah (11:1-10)

On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.

Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.
Reflect: In today’s Gospel from Saint Luke, we see Jesus praying, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”  It is that childlike faith that gives us the grace to cooperate with the “Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord” that we reflect upon from Isaiah. When we accept these gifts and let go completely into God’s hands and heart we begin to see and understand in new ways.  What appears to be absurd: the wolf a guest of the lamb; the calf and young lion browsing together, and a little child guiding them; the cow and the bear as neighbors; the baby playing by the cobra’s den – becomes an awesome reality because God is capable of bringing peace and making all things new. During this Advent season, our God is inviting us to have a childlike heart and to see the world as he sees it.

Does the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord permeate my life? What is holding me back from having a childlike faith? Can I invite Jesus to remake the brokenness in my life to be an awesome blessing of renewal and peace?

 

Pray: Loving God, as I await the coming of your Son grant me your compassionate help so that I may not be tainted by my sinfulness and hardness of heart. Please remake my life according to your will, your grace. 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!

 

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

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