Friday of the Second Week of Advent
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Second Week of Advent

December 11, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Pope Saint Damasus I (305-384) Patron Saint of Archaeologists

Book of the Prophet Isaiah 48:17-19

Psalm 1 (John 8:12)

Matthew 11:16-19


            In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus asks the crowds, “To what shall I compare this generation?”  With these words, our Lord rebukes the ways of the Jews as being childish.  God had done all things possible, yet the Jews refuse to believe, accept, change and cooperate.  

            What then can we say about our generation?  Are we open to the ways of His Holy Spirit?  Are we open to the many changes and surprises God may bring into our life, our Church and in our world?  Actually, God is calling us to change for the better and to always say yes to all these changes He has given to us as we journey through our life.

            How then can we authentically change ourselves and help change our world?  First and foremost we must ask for grace.  Then we must fall in love with the person of Jesus Christ.  Once we have fallen in love with Him, we will begin to change; even if it is painful for our human nature to do so.  We no longer live for what we want, we begin to seek what the One we love wants.  This then is pure love.  This is what we have been created to do; to love God and to love our neighbor.

            Thomas a’Kempis (1380-1471) author of “The Imitation of Christ” wrote, “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” 

Question of the Day:  How will you echo the light of Jesus to others as you journey through your life?

Prayer:  “Those who follow you Lord, will have the light of life.”  Psalm 1.


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