Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

September 7, 2016           Wednesday of the Twenty-Third 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)

Luke 6:20-26

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.

Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.

Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.

Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”

Reflect: Jesus continues to flip around the ordinary so that people might begin to see and think in a new way. One would think that it is a blessing to be rich, to be filled up, to laugh and to have people speak well of us. But Jesus says, “Woe to you” who experience these things.  Rather, blessed are the poor and hungry, those who weep, as well as those who are hated, excluded, insulted and denounced – “on account of the Son of Man”. We should rejoice and leap for joy because our true reward awaits us in heaven.  In the first reading today, Paul tells the Corinthians that “time is running out”. Time is running out since life in this world is short.  Our eyes need to be fixed on what is really important: accumulating all that we can in this world; or to live as if we are in practice for eternal life. The Gospel challenges us to grow up spiritually; to confront our pride, arrogance and selfishness so that we can convert into living as true disciples who immerse ourselves in prayer, reading and reflecting on scripture, receiving the sacraments worthily, confessing our sins, putting ourselves at the service of one another, practicing mercy and forgiveness, living as people of hope and joy.

If time is running out, what are my priorities?  Do I seek to be a disciple who desires to mature in faith? What sins, what weaknesses are holding me back from growing in the Lord?

 

Pray: Loving God, you are my refuge and my hope. It is you I seek. Help me to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that is at the service of others.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; 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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