Easter Saturday
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday within the Octave of Easter

April 18, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Acts of the Apostles 4:13-21

Psalm 118

Mark 16:9-15

 

There is a story about a Greek philosopher who was seen standing in a marketplace talking to a group of marble statues.  When people asked him why he was talking to the statues he replied that no one who was alive would listen to him.  Friends, is we don’t listen how can we believe?  If we don’t listen how can we have faith?

Today’s Gospel gives us a brief account of three appearances of the Risen Lord.  The first appearance was to Mary Magdalene, but the men she spoke to didn’t believe her.  Next, was to two men on the country road, but, at first, they didn’t believe.  Jesus then appears to the eleven and He scolds them for their unbelief and hardness of their hearts.  When the eleven are finally convinced by first-hand experience that Jesus was alive, our Lord sends them into “the whole world to proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  Fortunately for us, they get up and do it. 

It takes “experience” to move the mission forward.  The reading from Acts gives us a great example of how powerfully that works.  The Sanhedrin tries to intimidate Peter and John to get them to stop this talk about the “dead teacher.”  However, they discover that it is hopeless to quell the excitement around the healed paralytic they had cured in Jesus’ name.  They are ordered not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.  Peter and John reply, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.” 

The community of faith to which we all belong is still led by the Risen Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.  If we find ourselves sometimes unbelieving and hard of heart, as were the disciples who at first did not dare to believe the testimony of Mary Magdalene, or the two men on the road to Emmaus, we must open our senses once again to the testimony, the witness of the New Testament.  We must listen to the many women and men who, over the past two-thousand plus years, who heroically demonstrate the vitality of the faith we share with them. 

When we listen we can believe.  When listen we can have faith.

Question of the Day:  In order to increase your faith, how do you make yourself available to listen to God’s Holy Word?

Prayer:  Lord God, I pray that I hear Your voice today as You guide, guard, protect, direct, and lead me.  Amen.    

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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