Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

 February 1, 2017 – Wednesday of the Fourth 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 (6:1-6)

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

 
Reflect: “He was amazed at their lack of faith.” Their hearts were closed to the presence of God in their midst. In fact, “they took offense at him.” It’s easy for us to judge and declare those people to be foolish for not appreciating Jesus. The problem is, the accusation comes right back at us. How many times do we overlook the presence of God in our midst? How many times do we take offense because God chose to manifest himself to us in ways that we didn’t expect or provide his message from someone that we can’t accept? The Holy Spirit is alive and active; speaking to us in countless ways every day. Yet, we close our eyes and plug our ears because we have better things to do or better ways to spend our time. Would Jesus be amazed by our lack of faith today?

How am I closing myself off from hearing the voice of God in my life? Do I take offense at how Jesus is acting in my life?

 

Pray: Loving God, open the eyes of my heart so that I can readily recognize you in the many ways that you will speak to me today.  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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