Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute


February 21, 2017 – Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Peter Damian

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 (9:14-29)

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Reflect: If you want to be first, you must be the last of all and the servant of all.  The apostles were slow to understand much of what Jesus was teaching. Maybe they serve as our own prototype. We want to be great and held in esteem, but we don’t always get the message that God asks us to do it his way: by putting ourselves last and serving everyone else first. It means even serving those who are most vulnerable and who are unable to give anything in return. That is what makes us great in the eyes of God.  In the first reading from the Book of Sirach (chapter 2), we are encouraged to trust the ways of God: “Has anyone hoped in the Lord and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken? Has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed? He is a protector of all who seek him in truth.” If we put others before ourselves and we seek to serve everyone else, our God will not let us down.

How am I choosing to serve others and put their needs before my own? What are some ways that I can begin to think more about the needs of others?


Pray: Loving God, give me the grace to recommit myself to you and your ways believing that you will help me and always be at my side.  Give me a generous heart and help me to put others first. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Peter Damian: Pray for us!



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