Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

Today's Daily Reflection

 

A Minute from Malvern 
            
October 11, 2018 –  Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Pope Saint John XXIII
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Father John Meyers, Rector
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Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

Gospel Lk 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”

-Today, Jesus continues to teach the disciples about prayer.  This lesson on perseverance, St. Augustine tells us, is not so much about convincing God of our need but of preparing our hearts to receive what God has for us.  Like small children, we often pray for superficial things and even things that may not be for our own good.  The perseverance works to purify and modify our desires so as to prepare us for bigger and better things.

-Once in a while, I meet someone who did get a stone instead of bread from his or her parents.  Certainly, those who have been abused by clergy are also conditioned to receive scorpions instead of eggs from God.  Our first and most ingrained image of God comes from our relationships with our parents. The healing of those who have come to expect the worst is a very serious and complex process.  I wish I had a simple way to make all this go away.  The most any of us can do is to do our best not to add to the victimization, disappointment, and stigma of those whose lives have been severely damaged by poor parenting or abuse of any kind. 

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • When I pray, do I expect God to act in my favor?
  • Have I ever just given up on God?
  • Have I come to know that God has not given up on me?
  • Have I ever received a stone instead of bread or a scorpion instead of an egg?
  • Have I ever been a victim of violence or abuse? How did I move out of “victim mode”?
  • Have I ever bullied or victimized another? How might I repair the damage I have done?
  • Have I ever given something harmful instead of helpful, or been hurtful instead of kind?
  • Who has been an example of kindness and generosity toward me?
  • Toward whom might I be a sign of God’s mercy and generosity today?

Let us Pray! 

Psalm 62

My soul rests in God alone,

from whom comes my salvation.

God alone is my rock and salvation,

my fortress; I shall never fall.

How long will you set yourself against a man?

You shall all be destroyed,

Like a sagging wall

or a tumbled down fence!

Even highly placed people

plot to overthrow him.

They delight in lies;

they bless with their mouths,

but inwardly they curse.

II

My soul, be at rest in God alone,

from whom comes my hope.

God alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not fall.

My deliverance and honor are with God,

my strong rock;

my refuge is with God.

Trust God at all times, my people!

Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!

III

Mortals are a mere breath,

the sons of man but an illusion;

On a balance they rise;

together they weigh nothing.

Do not trust in extortion;

in plunder put no empty hope.

On wealth that increases,

do not set your heart.

One thing God has said;

two things I have heard:

Strength belongs to God;

so too, my Lord, does mercy,

For you repay each man

according to his deeds.

Prosit!

Father John

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