Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 23, 2016 – Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Clement I, Pope

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

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

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (21:12-19)

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.

It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

 

Reflect: Perhaps this is the moment when we ask ourselves, “What did I sign-up for?” This talk of persecutions and hatred for being baptized and aligned with Christ seems far away from the beautiful Kingdom talk that we heard in Luke’s Gospel not too long ago. The reality is that at some point in our walk with Christ we will encounter, pain, persecution, rejection and hatred because of our faith in him.  Jesus suffered through his Passion and Death to show us that he didn’t want us to face the tough challenges of life alone.  He embraced that pain, suffering and death because he wanted to save us. So whenever that suffering comes our way, he calls us to perseverance for it is redemptive – we are united with him through the blood of his cross.  Although Jesus had the power to do so, he didn’t exempt himself from the cross because he wanted to save us. He suffered and died because he loves us and wants us to have the fullness of life!

Do I find hope or fear in this Gospel? Can I trust Jesus promise that not a hair on my head will be destroyed even if I’m put to the test?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to remain faithful to you until death with the hope that you will give me the crown of eternal life. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Clement: Pray for us!

 

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

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