Malvern Minute


Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 3, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint Phillip, Apostle (3AD-+80AD) Patron Saint of Pastry Chefs

                               Saint James, Apostle (c.3AD-+44AD) Patron of Veterinarians


1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5

John 14:6-14

            Today our readings tell us that the example of the Apostles, namely Phillip and James, is the most certain and direct path to heaven.  They suffered and were persecuted, but they placed their confidence in God and now they rejoice in heaven.  We too must have confidence in God and not be troubled in our trials and adversities.  In our Father’s house, there are many mansions, and if we follow the way indicated by Him, Christ will come at the end of our life on earth and take us to Himself. 

            Here is a short biography on Saints Phillip and James:

            The Apostle Philip was one of Christ’s first disciples, called soon after his Master’s baptism in the Jordan River.  The fourth Gospel gives the following details:  “The next day Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip.  And Jesus said to him: Follow Me.  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.  Philip found Nathaniel and said to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus, Son of Joseph of Nazareth.  And Nathaniel said to him. Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come and see.”  John 1:43ff.  After the Ascension, Philip preached in Hierapolis and, along with Bartholomew were martyred upside down on the cross.

            Saint James the Less, a brother of the Apostle Jude, was of Cana of Galilee.  He is the author of one of the Catholic Epistles in the New Testament.  He was favored by an appearance of the Risen Christ (1 Cor. 15:7.)  After the dispersion of the Apostles, he was made Bishop Jerusalem.  When he refused to deny the Divinity of Christ, the Jews cast him down from the terrace of the temple and clubbed him to death.  As he laid dying he raised his hands toward heaven and prayed to God for the salvation of his enemies, saying, “Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do!” 

Question of the Day:  How will you follow the examples set by the Apostles as explained in the Acts of the Apostles? 

Prayer:  My Savior, let me set a Christian example such as Your Apostles Saints Philip and James, for others to follow.  Amen.


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