Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

December 20, 2016 – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

 O Key of David,

 Opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:

Come and free the prisoners of darkness!

 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 holy Gospel according to Luke (1:26-38)

In the sixth month,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel departed from her.

 

Reflect: Today’s “O Antiphon” is “O Key of David”. Mary’s cooperation with the grace of God is essential to God’s action that opens the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom and frees the prisoners of darkness. Saint Augustine says that Mary conceived Christ in her heart by faith before she conceived him in her womb. So God wants to dwell through faith in our hearts.  Through faith, we search for him. Through our search, our hearts become filled with his Light. We, in turn, become instruments of the Light in a world overcome, in many ways, by darkness. The world needs people of faith who give testimony to the presence of God in our midst. Seek him. Welcome him. Make him known.

Am I truly seeking Jesus or is my head and heart stuck in other places and filled with many other things? If I am a prisoner of darkness because of sin, do I believe that Jesus wants to free me with his Light? How can I be a light to others?

 

Pray: Loving God, please carry me so that, filled with your Light, I might carry your presence to others.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

A branch shall sprout from the root of Jesse, and the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth, and all flesh will see the salvation of God. (cf. Is 11:1; 40:5; Lk 3:6)

 

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

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