Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 10, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Hosea 14:2-10

Psalm 51

Matthew 10:16-23


Several years ago after a Sunday Mass, a parishioner at my parish commented to me that she enjoyed by homilies and asked me who wrote them for me.  I told her that I had a “ghost writer,” the Holy Ghost!

Our Church came into being when Christ died on the Cross, and it was formally inaugurated at Pentecost when He sent the Holy Spirit to His trusted apostles as He promised.  Today, in our Gospel narrative, Jesus tells His disciples not to worry how they are to speak and what they were to say.  But when they did speak it will not be them who speaks but the Spirit of their Father speaking through them. 

The Holy Spirit speaks through us, just as He spoke through Christ when He delivered His Sermon on the Mount, or confronted the Pharisees, or when He taught by using parables.  We could never say that when Jesus spoke to us through the Gospels He spoke out of fear.  He spoke the truth.

Now it’s our turn.  We are often in situations calling us to speak for the Glory of God and to defend the faith.  In such situations, as was the case with Jesus in His public ministry, our grace is to be sensitive to the will of God, rely on the guidance of the Holy spirit, and to speak out as best we can to address the situation.

When we are in circumstances where we cannot plan what to say, but must speak the truth and to bare witness as best we can.  We trust that the Holy Spirit will speak through us and accomplish what God wants accomplished.

By the strength of our Faith and the grace of our Baptism, we are in fact joined to Christ – no matter what the situation.  We are His Mystical Body and are fed at His Eucharistic feast.  It will always be our driving motive to do God’s will; it is in these situations that, as promised, we will be guided by God, the Holy Spirit.

Question of the Day:

Prayer:  Lord God, give me watchful eyes for the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, so that I may practice Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord. 

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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