Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

March 27, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 Book of wisdom 2:1a, 12-22

Psalm 34

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30


One of the most amazing things I have experienced in my life is something as simple as watching my children and now my grandchildren sleeping.  They are so beautiful and peaceful.  You can’t help but get a lump in your throat as you feel the love you have for them.

Have you ever wondered if God watches us while we sleep?  Of course He does.  What does He think about while He watches us?  Does He look at us and think of our potential or what we may accomplish in our lives in His name?  Does God plant seeds in our hearts as we sleep to guide us or steer us in a specific direction?

Sacred Scripture points out that one thing is certain.  We will all suffer trials in life and at times it may seem that the wicked are winning or being rewarded.  It would be easy to become bitter and loose faith and we may wonder if God is really seeing this.

So you have to wonder what Jesus thought.  The Son of God comes among us and those in power plot to kill Him.  The disciples actually appear clueless.  The people in Jerusalem say that, “You can’t be the Christ; we know where you are from!”  How frustrated Jesus must have been.  Did He question His mission or purpose?  Or did He trust God the Father and discern the innocent souls’ reward?

In times of trial where God seems distant and injustice seems to overcome us, we have a choice.  We can distance ourselves from God or move closer to Him.  It always seems to come down to faith and trust.

Lent offers us an opportunity to spend more time with God; a time that we should never waste.  After all, He watches us when we are awake too!

Question of the Day:  Do you have faith and trust in the Lord in good times and in bad? 

Prayer:  “Protect us Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and sleep, rest in peace.”  (Antiphon; Night Prayer, Divine Office)



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