Pondering the Truth
Malvern Minute


September 28, 2017 – Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr

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

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (9:7-9)

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed
because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.

Reflect: Who then is this about whom I hear such things? Herod “was greatly perplexed” by all that he was hearing about Jesus. In some way, he was impacted by all the chatter around the Kingdom regarding the works and identity of Jesus: Is it John raised from the dead? Maybe Elijah has returned? Perhaps an ancient prophet has come back to life?  In the midst of it all “he kept trying to see him.” Was Herod worried about who Jesus might be? Was he feeling guilty for his own great sin? Was he just curious? Regardless, Herod was struggling with the truth – about his own need for repentance and about the real identity of Jesus. God was working on Herod’s heart. He was giving Herod the opportunity, despite his sinfulness and bad decisions, to repent.  We know that he was trying to find out about Jesus. Did it go any further? Jesus is constantly inviting us to know him better. He is calling us to repentance and a change of heart – conversion is a life-long process. He reveals to us the Truth? How do we respond?

Questions: Does my interest and curiosity about Jesus impact how I live my life? Am I intent on encountering the Truth and letting Jesus help me to reorder my life? How might Jesus be calling me and challenging me to grow in holiness and to leave behind attitudes and behaviors that are not of him?

Pray: Loving God, lead me to you as the Truth. Give me the courage to face you and to accept your presence in my life. May all that I do and all that I seek in life be directed toward you.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Wenceslaus: Pray for us!

Wenceslaus’ father, Duke Ratislav, and his grandmother Ludmila were among the first Catholics of Bohemia. His mother, Drahomira, reverted to her heathen roots. Upon his father’s death, Wenceslaus’ mother had Ludmila murdered, and kindled the animosity of his brother, Boleslaus, toward Wenceslaus. In the midst of these family intrigues, Wenceslaus’ “gaze never moved from Jesus Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI). He pursued peace in his dominion and justice for the oppressed, and supported the growth of the Church. Wenceslaus’ status as a martyr comes from the manner of his death, at the hands of Boleslaus and his associates. When run through by the sword, he responded, “Brother, may god forgive you.” (Magnificat, September 2017, p. 381) Wenceslaus is the patron of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.



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