Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

January 18, 2017 – Wednesday of the Second 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)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (3:1-6)

Jesus entered the synagogue.
There was a man there who had a withered hand.
They watched Jesus closely
to see if he would cure him on the sabbath
so that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up here before us.”
Then he said to the Pharisees,
“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger
and grieved at their hardness of heart,
Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel
with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

 

Reflect: The truth rocked their world – and they weren’t able to accept it.  Jesus presented to the Pharisees the basic challenge of doing good versus evil and saving life versus destroying it. They knew the right answer, but their hearts were withered. Instead of celebrating the healing of the man with a deformed hand, they plotted death for the One who healed him. The man with the withered hand is healed and those who try to appear to be upright are the ones with withered hearts.  They preferred to limit God rather than rejoice in God’s awesome magnificence. What kind of hearts are we forming?

Do I feel uncomfortable with God’s abundant love and mercy if it is manifest in a way I can’t accept or to someone who I believe is unworthy? Do I really want the fullness of God’s grace unleashed over the earth even if it contradicts my fixed expectations of how God should act?

 

Pray: Loving God, take away from me my stony heart and give me a heart of flesh. Help me to never put restrictions on how I expect you to present yourself in the world.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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