Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

January 11, 2017 – Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

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

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (1:29-39)

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him
.

Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.

 

Reflect: The world is drawn to the good, the holy.  It is no surprise that the compassionate heart of Jesus not only cured people with many ills, but also drew those “possessed by demons”.  Jesus had a mission to unleash the love and mercy of God upon the earth. Despite of, or maybe because of, our societal sophistication, we desperately need that same love and mercy in our world today.  Hearts are longing for the Truth.  As quickly as people may assert their self-reliance and ability to solve all human ills, we also recognize the inability of humanity to exist apart from God.  We rely on the power of God in our lives and in our world, but God also relies on us, who have been touched by his life and the truth of his message, to be his disciples and ambassadors in the world. Yes, the world is drawn to the good, the holy. Moreover, God wants to use us to draw people to him. So he calls us to holiness and to be imitators of his ways for the world today.

Do I turn to God to ask for healing for those who are ill and broken by life?  Do I appreciate how much God counts on me to be an ambassador of holiness and truth in the world today?

 

Pray: Loving God, you came to heal the sick and brokenhearted. Take my life and make me whole. Use me as your instrument in whatever situation you place me into today.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Holy God; Holy and Mighty; 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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