The Power of God
Malvern Minute

 

June 16, 2017 – Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life. 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 second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (4:7-15)

Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

For we who live are constantly being given up to death
for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,”
we too believe and therefore speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

 
Reflect: The surpassing power may be of God and not from us. The power of God is within us. We have power in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our dying to Jesus gives us life and strength. That is why Saint Paul can proclaim so confidently: “We are afflicted… but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”  The odd thing about the Christian journey is that the more we give ourselves over to Christ, the more we enter into the mystery of his death and resurrection, and the more we embrace the cross – that is when we have more strength; the power of Christ within us. Saint Paul is preaching what he experienced. He is filled with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the power of Jesus Christ crucified and to encourage us, the Church, to trust in the grace and strength of Christ. As we abandon ourselves to his Sacred Heart, we are endowed with the power of God that goes way beyond our understanding of human or earthly power.

Questions: What kind of power do I seek? Have I ever seen the power of God at work within me or around me? Do I trust in the power of God to provide for me no matter what challenge I might face?

Pray: Loving God, fill me with the virtues of the Heart of your Son. Set me aflame with his love so that I might seek him and his saving power at all times and in all places. Help me to be an unrestrained disciple for the glory of God. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

The designs of his Heart are from age to age, to rescue their souls from death and to keep them alive in famine.                                     

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