Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

April 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 20:10-13

Psalm 18

John 10:31-42


Today’s readings pose a common challenging question.  Is God’s affirmation enough for us?  We all want to be like and approved for what we do, but what do we do when our actions are not approved by others?  What if we receive harsh criticism and even persecution from others?  How can we tell we are doing what is right in God’s eyes?

The prophet Jeremiah faced this challenge in proclaiming the 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.”  Even with the severest persecution which leads to his eventual death. Jeremiah trusted in the Lord, “…for to you I have entrusted my cause.”  

Didn’t Jesus face similar challenges in living His vocation as God’s Messiah?  He said, “Many good deeds have I shown you from the Father.  For which of these do you stone me?”  Jesus was continually maligned and persecuted but remained faithful to His Fathers will, even unto death on the cross.

As we move into Holy Week with Jesus, we realize that being a faithful disciple may not always be easy.  God may call us to stand up for righteousness even though this righteousness may not be acceptable in our communities, in our workplaces, or even in our families.

We must be comforted by the words of our Responsorial Psalm today, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice.” 

Question of the Day:  Will you call upon the Lord in good times and bad?

Prayer:  O Lord my God, You are my refuge and strength.  You are my ever present help in times of trouble.  When it seems like my world is crumbling around me and I am tossed by the stormy seas of my life, please take away my fear.  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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