Pursue Eternal Life
Malvern Minute

 

September 22, 2017 –  Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Alleluia!

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 first Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy (6:2c-12)

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.

From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.

If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Reflect: Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Saint Paul’s strong words in this reading are directed to a simple and clear end: be holy!  His concern is with the disciples of Jesus who are distorting his message and ending up living corrupt lives. For those who are not teaching and living the true words of Jesus, their lives are disintegrating into “envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction… deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain.” In contrast, Paul exhorts the faithful to cling to eternal life and the true words of Jesus Christ.  In so doing, one’s faithfulness to Jesus will be manifest in pursuits of “righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” None of us know when we will take our last breath. Would it not behoove us to live as if today were our last?

Questions: If I cling to the words of Jesus and eternal life, what behavior should I manifest in my daily life? Am I living in the same way in which I would like to die? How is Jesus calling me to improve my attitude, my disposition, and my actions?

Pray: Loving God, you alone have the words to everlasting life. Help me to be sincere in seeking you, and authentic in putting your Words of Life into action.  I pray 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.

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