Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

March 29, 2017 – Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;

whoever believes in me will never die.

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 John (5:1-16)

Jesus answered the Jews:
“My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.”
For this reason they tried all the more to kill him,
because he not only broke the sabbath
but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own,
but only what he sees the Father doing;
for what he does, the Son will do also.

For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything that he himself does,
and he will show him greater works than these,
so that you may be amazed.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life,
so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
Nor does the Father judge anyone,
but he has given all judgment to the Son,
so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.
Whoever does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word
and believes in the one who sent me
has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,
but has passed from death to life.

Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself,
so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment,
because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this,
because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs
will hear his voice and will come out,
those who have done good deeds
to the resurrection of life,
but those who have done wicked deeds
to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.”

 

Reflect: I cannot do anything on my own. Jesus speaks of his unwavering connection to the Father. In fact, he shows that his life reflects the will of the Father. We are not God, but Jesus invites us to trust him and the will of the Father without wavering. It is a wonderful existence to be so intimately united with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit; that is the key to the life of the saints.  When we truly give over to doing the will of God, we reflect his presence and peace to the world. That unity with the Triune God does not exempt us from the trials and tribulations of day to day life. Jesus was persecuted, ridiculed, beaten, crucified and died – because ‘he called God his own father, making himself equal to God.” The journey has its challenges, but it is the way to life. In today’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (chapter 49), we hear Gods words, “I will never forget you.” Even in the worst of times, our God is with us. Can any of us do anything on our own?

Questions: Can I acknowledge my utter dependence on God for all things?  Do I seek to do the will of God in all of my affairs, no matter how mundane?  Can I give control of my life over to the One who loves me beyond measure?

Pray: Loving God, you are the source of life. Give me a heart that desires to do your will at all times and that seeks you and your ways in all that I do.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

In your great mercy, answer me, O God,

with your salvation that never fails.

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