Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

December 7, 2016 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“No one heals himself by wounding another.” (Saint Ambrose)

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 Book of the Prophet Isaiah (40:25-31)

To whom can you liken me as an equal?
says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
and see who has created these things:
He leads out their army and numbers them,
calling them all by name.
By his great might and the strength of his power
not one of them is missing!
Why, O Jacob, do you say,
and declare, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know
or have you not heard?
The LORD is the eternal God,
creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint nor grow weary,
and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
He gives strength to the fainting;
for the weak he makes vigor abound.
Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.

 

Reflect: In today’s Gospel (Matthew 11:28-30), Jesus invites us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest… For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”  The Prophet Isaiah instills hope and encouragement, as well, by reminding us that the fainting, weak, weary, and those  who are staggering and falling “ will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; …run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Isn’t that something that all of us would love to experience? All too often, we feel faint, weak and weary, or as if we are staggering and falling.  Life and the burdens we carry can weigh us down and tear away at our spirit. In the presence of the Savior, however, with his grace and strength we are made new. When the Kingdom of God breaks upon us we are like youths who have limitless energy and enthusiasm; like the most sure-footed athlete with exceptional vigor and endurance. Jesus frees us of our burdens; he energizes us with his love and the power of the Holy Spirit.

What is weighing me down today? Can I stop trying to carry that burden alone and turn it over to Jesus? How might Jesus be inviting me to unburden myself from sin or from the wounds and brokenness that I’ve carried for all too long? Can this Advent be an opportunity to let God heal me, forgive me so that I can soar as with eagles’ wings?

 

Pray: Loving God, please give me the confidence to trade in my burden for yours, and to trust that you want nothing more than to free me from the sins, pain and hurt that weighs me down. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Ambrose: Pray for us!

 

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

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