Friday of the Fifth Week of God
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Fifth Week of God

March 26, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 20:10-13

Psalm 18:2-7

John 10:31-42


            Today’s readings pose a challenging question; “Is God’s affirmation enough for us?”  We all wish to be liked and approved for what we do, but what do we do when our actions do not create approval from others including criticism and even persecution?  Do we trust in God’s affirmation when we know what we are doing is right?

            The prophet Jeremiah faced this challenge in proclaiming the prophetic message God had given him; “All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine…But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion.”  Within the severest persecution leading eventually to His death, Jeremiah trusted in the Lord, “For to you I have entrusted my cause.” 

            Our Lord faced this challenge in living His vocation as God’s promised Messiah; “I have shown you many good works from my Father.  For which of these are you trying to stone me?”   Jesus was continually persecuted, yet he was faithful to His Father’s will, even unto death on the cross.

            As we move into Holy Week with Jesus, we realize that being a faithful disciple of Jesus may not always be easy.  God may call us, as God called Jeremiah and Jesus, to stand up for righteousness even though this righteousness may not be acceptable in our communities, in our workplaces, in our own homes and especially in our current world. 

            Finally, we are comforted by the worlds of the Psalmist; “In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God;  From this temple he heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.”

Question of the Day:  What kind of courage does it take for us to speak out with an unwelcome message, a message that might threaten our own well-being?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I want to walk with in the week ahead.  Let me admire you, fall in love with you, desire to imitate your own courageous fidelity to the truth.  Most of all, Lord, I want to have the courage to stay with you, to stay awake for you, in the days ahead.  Amen. 


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