Malvern Minute – Wednesday

September Sixth of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

“We always give thanks to God when we pray for you”

Fr. John F. Meyers, Rector Pro-Tem Malvern Retreat House (jmeyers@malvernretreat.com)

Click for Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

First Reading: Colossians 1:1-8

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: grace to you and peace from God our Father.  We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.  Of this you have already heard
through the word of truth, the Gospel, that has come to you.  Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth, as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave, who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

The Word of the Lord

Reflect: Letters to family and friends have mostly been replaced by electronic media, and while they are easier and cheaper means, they are also vulnerable to our impulsive tendencies to speak or text before we think.  In the case of St. Paul, his letters were dictated and then signed by him, and they were circulated among the different communities for public reading.  No doubt the author had no idea that his words would be passed down through two millennia and translated into countless languages, let alone become recognized as the Word of God.  St. Therese of Lisieux also wrote many letters from her cloister that can serve as inspiration for us as well.  While she lived a hidden life, her heart reached out to all whom God loves.

Questions: When was the last time you received a hand-written letter from a loved one?  When was the last time you wrote one?   Perhaps as you read these words a name or face comes to mind.  Consider that an inspiration to make a personal connection with a brief (or lengthy) message of love, gratitude, and encouragement to the one that comes to mind right now.  While your words may not end up as part of the Bible, they may well be received as a message from heaven to your reader.

PrayO God, You have sent Your Word into human history not only long ago and far away, but continuously, like a sower constantly sowing seeds to someday germinate and grow and bear fruit.  I thank You for Your messages of encouragement and love and for the messengers by whom You deliver them.  Make of my life a message of faith, hope, and love through Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions: Pray for us!

“Just as the sun shines on all the trees and flowers as if each were the only one on earth, so does God care for all souls in a special manner.”

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