Malvern Minute – Tuesday

March 14, 2017 – Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Cast away all the crimes you have committed, says the Lord, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

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 Isaiah (1:10, 16-20)

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!

Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.

If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

 
Reflect: Make justice your aim; redress the wronged. It isn’t just a coincidence that the Prophet Isaiah speaks of being a person of justice and correcting wrongs while also reminding us that even the worst of sins can be forgiven and made right.  Sin is often centered on selfishness. Love and forgiveness is linked to service, to justice.  In today’s Gospel, (Mt chapter 23) Jesus reminds us: “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” To boil it down: we are called to be people of love who care more about the other than ourselves. Love rights the wrong. Love manifests justice and heals the wounded. Love serves. Make justice your aim. Make love your aim.

Questions: Is love the predominant characteristic in my life? Am I a person who seeks to justice?  Am I willing to be the servant rather than seeking to be served?

Pray: Loving God, give me the heart of a servant who seeks to do right and to correct the wrongs around me; lovingly toward others.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death, lest my enemy say: I have overcome him.

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