Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 31, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-+1556) – Founder of the Jesuit Order

Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 26:1-9

Psalm 69

Matthew 13:54-58


Today’s Gospel narrative works well with the Memorial Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus as well as being a most remarkable man.  In the Gospel, people in the crowd begin to question Jesus’ credentials.   Who is he to tell them what to do?   Where does He, a carpenter’s son, get off preaching in the synagogue?  Jesus’ response is, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.”  This fits with Saint Ignatius because if you knew him as a young man, you would not have figured him for a saint.  He was first a nobleman and a soldier.  He was a man who would be destined for a different life.  The road he eventually chose wasn’t always an easy.

As all of have learned things don’t work out always as we have planned.   Even our Lord had to preach to some pretty tough crowds.  Ignatius turned away from a very different life to find what fulfilled him on a deeper level. 

I once read a story of a man who went to Rome on a vacation and, before he left, a Jesuit friend gave him a book to read.  It was the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.   While the man was in Rome he read the book and began to trace Ignatius’ steps in that great city.  He wrote in his diary that he had visited the rooms in which actually wrote the Spiritual Exercises.  He saw the places where Ignatius had preached, helped pregnant women, cared for the poor, and so on.  The diary continued noting the appreciation of walking over the cobblestone streets of Rome just as Ignatius had.  When I read this story I could sense the power of a man who had lived hundreds of years earlier.  What Ignatius taught and lived inspires others to this day.

As Saint Ignatius suggests, we are called to live a life “finding God in all things” and with “hearts of fire” with God’s love. 

Question of the Day:  How will you continue to experience the joy of serving others and notice the treasure of God’s love and guidance in your life?

Prayer:  “Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all that I have and all that I possess.  You gave it all to me Lord, I give it all back to you.  Amen” (Saint Ignatius of Loyola.) 

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in the world.



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