Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

April 18, 2017 – Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

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 Acts of the Apostles (2:36-41)

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.
 

Reflect: Repent and be baptized, every one of you. Peter was preaching with the fire of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Peter who had denied Jesus three times. He knew a thing or two about repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In the gospel from today’s Mass (John 20:11-18), Mary Magdalene encounters Jesus. She is beside herself for joy and confusion, but her heart is sure that she sees Jesus alive. Jesus is with us now. He is truly present in the Eucharist. He reveals himself to us in countless ways through the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life. Even if we are already baptized, Peter’s call rings true today: Repent every one of you! He speaks to us with the fervor of one whose life could have turned away from Christ, but he clung to the truth: Jesus, although crucified, rose from the dead to conquer the power of sin and evil. Unfortunately, evil and corruption continue to break in to our world. We have the power through the Holy Spirit to reject sin, Satan and the power of evil. As we celebrate the joy of Easter, we pray for the grace to repent and believe that Jesus forgives sin and empowers us to keep our eyes fixed on him, the Savior of the world!

Questions: What are the sins that I need to confess and seek forgiveness for (particularly in the Sacrament of Reconciliation) so that I can enter into the fullness of God’s love and mercy won for me through the cross and resurrection? How can I become a witness of the Risen Christ in a world that continues to harbor a lot of evil? What concrete choices can I make today so that the Holy Spirit can enter my heart for the glory of Jesus Christ; so that I can be a light in the world?

Pray: Loving God, thank you for the victory won for me through your death and resurrection. Please give me a desire to choose life with you and the things of heaven instead of the emptiness of sin.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God; mind the things that are above, alleluia!

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