Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

August 24, 2016  – Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com) 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

John 1:45-49

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”

Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Reflect: As we approach Jesus, could he say of us, “There is no duplicity in him” or her? Nathanael, also known as Bartholomew, was the rare person.  Jesus could see his heart and discerned that this man who was to become an apostle was transparent. He was the same person – in the light or in the dark. In fact, it could be said that Bartholomew walked in the light. There was no guile, no anger, no bitterness in him. What he said is what he meant – and he meant what he said. He didn’t act one way in the temple and another way in his daily life.  That is what Jesus calls us to be – transparent; people of the Light.  It is this kind of witness, this way of conducting one’s life that will transform the world to recognize Jesus as the Savior.  Hearts will be changed. Nations will be set aright. People will be treated with dignity and respect. Women and men will walk by faith and not by sight – trusting that God’s way is the right way, the only way. It may cost us to get there. Bartholomew was tortured and martyred for his transparency.  As baptized people of faith, is it worth giving true witness to Christ?

Where am I duplicitous in my life? How can I become more authentic and put aside hypocrisy in the way I live and the things I say? Is living as a child of the Light a priority for me?

 

Pray: Loving God, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Remove from me double-heartedness so that I can always represent you well, and bring you to others by the way I live and how I speak. Take away from me anything that is not of you so that I might be a genuine disciple in all things and at all times. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Bartholomew: Pray for us!

 

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

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