Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

March 3, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-+1955) Patron Saint of Philanthropy and Racial Justice

Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 18:18-20

Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16

Matthew 20L17-28

            Saint Katherine Drexel was an American heiress, philanthropist, religious sister (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament,) missionary, educator, and founder.  She was canonized in 2000.  She was the second American to be canonized a saint and the first one born a U.S. citizen.  She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.  Mother Katherine established 145 missions, 50 schools for African Americans, and 12 schools for Native Americans.  Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically black college in the U.S. owes its existence to Saint Katherine and the Sisters.

Daily ReflectionIn today’s Gospel the other apostles are indignant of James and John because their mother, on behalf of her two sons, requests Jesus that they should sit at His left and right in His kingdom.  In the Gospel of Saint Mark (10:35) the same request is made.  Sad to say, the other ten apostles become angry not because of disappointment but because we can find it in a second Gospel passage.  The apostles have the same ambition as James and John however they asked Jesus first.

            The lesson Jesus teaches them, and us, on how to be truly great is by serving others and giving themselves totally to God.  By doing this we become useful ambassadors of Jesus in the world.

Question of the Day:  How will you leave your “comfort zone” and place others ahead of yourself?

Prayer:  “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 29:28



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