Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

A Minute from Malvern 
            
July 11, 2018 – Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Benedict
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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 Mt 10:1-7

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

-St. Benedict is well known for many things but among the most important is his “Rule of Life” written for monks, but applicable to all of us in many ways and deserving of our attention.

-The Twelve disciples go through a series of stages in their development: 

  1. They receive the call to follow Christ, leaving behind their homes, routines, and relationships, allowing their primary personal relationship to be with Him.
  2. They receive teaching about the Reign of God and witness Jesus’ ministry of teaching and miracles
  3. They are sent to do as Jesus has done for “the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.
  4. They witness His suffering, death, and resurrection, albeit to varying degrees. For the Twelve in particular the office and commission of apostle is given and they are empowered to pass this gift and call on to others.
  5. They are empowered by the Holy Spirit to go to all humanity with what they have received, making disciples of all the nations.

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • Have you ever read the Rule of St. Benedict? If not, what would it take to get you to do so?
  • Regarding the stages of formation described above, where do you see yourself at this moment?
  • Is it time for you to take the next step? If not, why not?  (While not all are called to become Apostles, none of us are called to settle into a comfortable routine.  The Rule of St. Benedict may be just what you need to move forward.)

Let us pray! 

Lord, my God and my loving Father,

 you have made me to know you,

to love you, to serve you,

and thereby to find and to fulfill my deepest longings.

 I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you. 

But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you.

Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me:

 into my mind, to show me what you want of me;

into my heart, to give me the determination to do it,

and to do it with all my love, 

with all my mind,

and with all of my strength

right to the end.

Jesus, I trust in you.

Amen.

Prosit,

Father John

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