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Malvern Minute


September 26, 2017 – Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Saints Cosmos and Damian, Martyrs

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

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

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (8:19-21)

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”

He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”


Reflect: My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it. Through our baptism, we are welcomed into the Church, the community of believers. That is a huge and significant step. At the same time, we can’t rely on baptism alone. Precisely because of our baptism we are called to be missionary disciples who meditate upon the word of God and who make Jesus known through word and deed. Rather than being a rejection of his mother and his relatives, Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are an affirmation that his family extends far beyond blood lines. His statement makes it clear that his family consists of anyone who is attentive to the words of his heavenly Father and who dedicates his/her life to work as a disciple, no matter the conditions or situations he/she may encounter in life. What joy to know that the door to the family of Jesus is open to all!  What an awesome responsibility to learn that to remain close to Christ we must be attentive to and act upon the Word of Life.

Questions: Do I carve out enough time to hear and meditate upon the word of God? Do I take seriously my call to be a missionary disciple in the world today? Am I living as a faithful family member to Jesus in word and deed?

Pray: Loving God, thank you for welcoming me into your family. Give me a heart that seeks to be fed by your word, and is dedicated to putting that word into action by serving you and your people.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saints Cosmos and Damian: Pray for us!

Cosmos and Damian are believed to have been blood brothers who were martyred in Syria in about the year 300. They are widely venerated in both the Eastern and Western Church. In Florence, the great medieval artist Fra Angelico painted a series of murals featuring the saints in their traditional roles as doctors who provided for their patients free of charge, and as stalwart martyrs who withstood all manner of tortures for the love of Christ. Cosmos and Damian are considered patrons of physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, barbers and the blind.



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