Rejection!
Malvern Minute

 

 October 6, 2017 – Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Bruno, Priest

Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin

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 Luke (10:13-16)

Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

 

Reflect: Whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. Jesus is pouring himself out for the sake of saving the souls of his listeners. He is thoroughly dedicated to speaking the truth on behalf of his Heavenly Father. Nonetheless, he is met with rejection by many people. We might be aghast at hearing this: how could they be so dense!  Of course, those who rejected Jesus during his earthly ministry are merely a reflection of us.  How many times do we, as believers, reject the Word of God?  How often do we choose the false promises of the world over the eternal truth of the Gospel? We ask today for the grace to have a heart and mind receptive to the message of Jesus and to apply his truth to our everyday life.

Questions: How might my words and actions actually become a rejection of Jesus?  Am I picking and choosing only certain parts of Jesus’ message of complete conversion and repentance? What part of my resistance to Jesus do I need to turn over to him today?

Pray: Loving God, you are the fullness of truth. Send out your Holy Spirit so that my heart and mind might desire nothing more than you and your ways.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Bruno: Pray for us!

Blessed Marie Rose Durocher: Pray for us!

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