Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute


February 14, 2017 – Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

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 Mark (8:11-13)

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.”

They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Reflect: Guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod. Jesus uses a moment from a real life situation to teach the apostles, to inject new awareness into their nascent understanding. Yes, they are running low on bread, but Jesus wanted them to be attuned to the dangerous “leaven” of the world around them. The Pharisees and Herod were held up as leaders, but they represented selfishness, pride, arrogance, hatred, bitterness, and a host of unfavorable characteristics that twisted the hearts and minds of many people who held them in esteem. Jesus’ message? Don’t let their ways influence your hearts, your words, your deeds, or your thoughts. In the first reading from Genesis (chapter 6), God commands Noah to go into the ark to be saved because God saw how great was man’s wickedness on the earth. We can let all kinds of negative and wicked influences take up residence in our hearts. The only way for us to stay close to Jesus is to be fed by his Word, the grace of the sacraments as well as the guidance of the Church and those who are living lives of strong faith. May that be the leaven that fills our lives.

What am I filling up my mind and heart with on a daily basis? Can I begin to take one step today that will bring me in closer touch with heart of Jesus, his ways, his Word?


Pray: Loving God, may your Word and your ways be the leaven that influences my life. Give me the grace to look toward you and your Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts, words, actions and decisions today and always.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saints Cyril and Methodius: Pray for us!



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