Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

October 26, 2016 – Wednesday of the Thirtieth 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 Holy Gospel according to Luke (13:18-21)

 Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.

After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’
And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

 

Reflect: In the Gospel today, Jesus is presenting the tough message that entering church, even frequently, or doing a lot of church-related activities alone doesn’t qualify us for the Kingdom of God.  What qualifies us for God’s Kingdom is a true and real relationship with Jesus.  We must seek him and his ways with our heart mind and spirit.  Our lives must be Christ-centered; living a life based on the Gospel. Jesus understands that we aren’t perfect; that’s why he so generously offers his love and mercy.  At the same time, however, he expects that if we hear the Word of God, we’ll put it into action.  Finally, if we put his Word into action it has got to be for the right reasons – for his honor and glory, not our own.

Am I truly seeking the Kingdom of God before anything else? Do I take time to develop a genuine relationship with Jesus rather than only “punching the clock” at the church door?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to listen to your voice and to put your words into action in my life. Please give me the grace to be sincere and genuine in responding to your call to be in relationship with you.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Might 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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