Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

September 28, 2016 – Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs                                                     

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

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

Luke 9:57-62

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

 

Reflect: Jesus didn’t pretend to hide the challenge of the cross from his followers. He was remarkably blunt and realistic.  He could have easily manipulated folks who were enamored by the miracles and his popularity.  It’s as if he is saying: “People, we’re headed to Jerusalem. It’s not going to be pretty up there. I want you to know what you’re getting in to.  If you’re with me, be prepared for high agony and the challenge of your lifetime. The glory and the joy of God’s Kingdom will come, but the road between here and there will be rougher than you can ever imagine.”  It doesn’t sound much like a marketing plan or a political campaign to win constituents and new followers.  Jesus wanted to be clear that the Good News was going to be hated, rejected and downright put to death because the lies peddled by the demons in the world will be brought to the light and placed under scrutiny by the witness of the Truth.  Are we in – even if it means a martyr’s death like Saint Lawrence Ruiz and his companions?

Does the pain of the cross make me less inclined to follow Jesus even if it means that I might be ridiculed, rejected and put to death with him? Does faith in Jesus’ victory over sin and death fortify me in my journey with him?  Does my life give witness to the Truth and bring hope to those blinded by the lies of the evil one?

 

Pray: Loving God, you are my strength, my hope and my deliverer. Please give me the faith to walk with you regardless of the pain, rejection and trials I may face by being your follower. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Lawrence Ruiz and Companions: Pray for us!

 

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

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