Repent and Do Right
Malvern Minute

 

October 13, 2017 – Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

The Lord will judge the world with justice. Alleluia, 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 Book of the Prophet Joel (1:13-15; 2:1-2)

Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!
wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God!

The house of your God is deprived
of offering and libation.
Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the elders,
all who dwell in the land,
Into the house of the LORD, your God,
and cry to the LORD!

Alas, the day!
for near is the day of the LORD,
and it comes as ruin from the Almighty.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all who dwell in the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom,
a day of clouds and somberness!

Like dawn spreading over the mountains,
a people numerous and mighty!
Their like has not been from of old,
nor will it be after them,
even to the years of distant generations.

 

Reflect: Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, into the house of the Lord, your God, and cry to the Lord. The Prophet Joel is calling the people of God to pull themselves together. Enough time has been spent being involved in their own pursuits while forgetting about the creator and maker of all that they have.  They are steeped in the benefits, but neglecting to remember who is the source of all that they enjoy.  As a result, their lives are inching closer and closer to vulnerability and destruction.  So, too, are we called to pay heed. Individually and as a society we can be vulnerable as God slips away from our consciousness. We can become self-absorbed and focused on investing our energies into pursuing misplaced and dead-end priorities. At least on occasion, God asks us to pause and consider what is important; what is God-like; what are we doing to grow in God’s ways and put ourselves at the service of others, especially those most in need. Sometimes we need to stop and cry out from the core of our being, “God have mercy on me! Show me how I really need to live!”

 

Questions: Do I take my gifts from the Lord for granted? Am I giving God the honor that he deserves by living a life that shows gratefulness and putting my life in service to others? How might God be calling me out of selfishness into a genuine heart of love and service?

Pray: Loving God, give me the grace to repent, fast and pray so that I may learn to be attentive to your ways and to practice charity in service to others.  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 me and on the whole world.

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