Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 7, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Pope Saint Sixtus II (c.200.-+258) Martyr and Companions

Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7

Psalm (Deuteronomy) 32:35CD-36AB

Matthew 16:24-28

 

I would like to begin today’s reflection with this question; “What is the most important investment you can make with your life?”  Today Jesus poses some probing questions to challenge our assumptions about what is most profitable and worthwhile.  In every decision of life we make, believe it or not, we are making ourselves into a certain kind of person, the person everyone see’s.  The kind of person we are, our very character, determines to a large extent the kind of future we will face and live.  It is possible that some can gain all the things they set their hearts on, only to suddenly wake up and discover that they missed the most important things of all.  We need to ask ourselves of what value are material things if they don’t help us gain what truly lasts in eternity.  Money or possessions can’t buy us a place in heaven.  However, if we help cheer up a person who is lonely, mend a broken heart, or pray for someone who has no one to pray for them we have taken steps toward everlasting life.  Jesus asked the question, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”  Everything we have and will ever have is an out-right gift from God.  We owe Him everything, including our very lives. 

A true disciple of Jesus gives up all that they have in exchange for an unending life of joy and happiness with God.  God gives without measure.  The cross of Christ leads us to victory and freedom from sin and death.  We must be ready to lose all for Christ in order to gain all with Christ.

Question of the Day:  How will you put the needs of others ahead of your own?

Prayer:  “Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and all my will, all that I have and possess.  You have given them to me; to you, O Lord, I restore them; all things are yours, dispose of them according to your will.  Give me your love and your grace, for this is enough for me.  Amen.  (Saint Ignatius of Loyola.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.

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