Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

October 12, 2016  – Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth 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)

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians (5:18-25)

Brothers and sisters:
If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,
sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I warned you before,
that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh
with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.

 
Reflect: The works of the flesh can lure us in especially if we aren’t praying, making a regular good confession and turning all aspects of our lives over to Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit.  By their fruits you will know them.  Paul spells out the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  It should be our goal to sincerely ask the Holy Spirit for a disposition of conversion (or crucifixion) so that our lives can manifest these fruits in exchange for the works of the flesh.

When I find myself living in the works of the flesh, do I sincerely ask Jesus for a spirit of conversion or do I explain it away and make excuses for my actions?  Do I believe that the grace of the Holy Spirit can truly give me a new heart, a new spirit, a new attitude?

 

Pray: Loving God, renew my heart. Send out your Holy Spirit so that I can be born anew and give witness to your love and mercy in the world.  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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