Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

January 10, 2017 –Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

 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 Letter to the Hebrews (2:5-12)

It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,
of which we are speaking.
Instead, someone has testified somewhere:

What is man that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under his feet.

In “subjecting” all things to him,
he left nothing not “subject to him.”
Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,”
but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor”
because he suffered death,
he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates
and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers” saying:

I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.

 

Reflect: The wisdom of the world tells us to avoid suffering at all costs.  Interestingly, scripture lifts up suffering as a way to perfection, and even Jesus was “‘crowned with glory and honor’ because he suffered death”. Traditionally, the Church invites us to embrace suffering, to embrace the cross, not because of some fixation on the morbid, but rather because that is where we, like Christ, find purification and victory.  On the one hand, Jesus didn’t need to suffer because he was already perfect; however, as a human and as the Son of God he had to demonstrate his obedience to the Father.  This doesn’t mean that, in imitation of Christ, we look for suffering, but it does mean that in being faithful to the will of God and his commandments we will encounter trials, suffering and possibly even death. When confronted with those trials, we lean into suffering with the belief and trust that God will lead us to victory and salvation for the glory and honor of God.

Do I avoid suffering even if it might lead me into sin?  What experiences have I had in life where faithfulness to the will of God liberated me and gave me peace?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to have the courage and strength to seek your will even in those moments when doing so might cause me suffering. Help me to trust in the victory of your cross.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Holy God; Holy and Mighty; 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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