Minute from Malvern – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

January 17, 2017 – Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony, Abbot

 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 Letter to the Hebrews (6:10-20)

Brothers and sisters:
God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
and the love you have demonstrated for his name
by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.
We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness
for the fulfillment of hope until the end,
so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,
through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

When God made the promise to Abraham,
since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply you.
And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise.
Now, men swear by someone greater than themselves;
for them an oath serves as a guarantee
and puts an end to all argument.
So when God wanted to give the heirs of his promise
an even clearer demonstration of the immutability of his purpose,
he intervened with an oath,
so that by two immutable things,
in which it was impossible for God to lie,
we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged
to hold fast to the hope that lies before us.
This we have as an anchor of the soul,
sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil,
where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner,
becoming high priest forever

according to the order of Melchizedek.

 

Reflect: Keep the hope! The message to the Hebrews remains strong even today.  If we are a people without hope, we might as while just give up. If, however, our faith in Jesus Christ remains strong, we can’t but have hope no matter what our circumstances, no matter what we must endure.  Believing in Jesus and his message instills hope as an anchor for our soul. To whom else can we go? You alone have the words of everlasting life. Without hope, this life is nothing but drudgery or an egotistical self-serving journey. Jesus gives us new eyes and a new perspective to recognize the good, the holy, the wonderful, the beautiful – that comes from God and calls us to forget self and love the other. Hope keeps us alive!

If I feel hope slipping away, can I turn to Jesus to ask for renewed strength and faith? How might Jesus be asking me to be a sign of hope for others today?

 

Pray: Loving God, renew my heart and soul with hope. Give me the grace to believe that my hope is in seeking you in all things and before all things. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Saint Anthony, the Abbot: Pray for us!

 

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

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