Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

February 21, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


Memorial Feast:  Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1007-1002) – Patron of Faenza, Italy

Letter of Saint James 2:14-24, 26

Psalm 112

Mark 8:34-9:1

In today’s readings it seems we are receiving advice as to what to pay attention to in our world and to what we should be ignoring.

In the Letter of Saint James we are reminded to let good works accompany us on our faith journey.  Today’s world surrounds us with many challenges including ways to help a family member or a neighbor who are facing any type or number of difficulties.  These difficulties could include economic issues, health issues, and addiction issues, just to name a few.  With all of that need calling out around us, it is hard to imagine being able to ignore the cry and not to do “good works.”  We also know that those needs never subside as Jesus said the poor will be with us always.  It is important to take the needs of others to God in our daily prayers.

Interestingly an almost opposite look into what we receive from our world is presented in the Gospel Mark’s narrative.  Jesus says to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him.  He said, “What profit is there for on to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”

What then will a person give in exchange for his or her life?  Everything we have is an out-right gift from God.  We owe Him everything, including our very lives.  It is possible to give God our money, but not ourselves, or to give Him “lip-service,” but not our hearts.  A true disciple gladly gives up all that he has in exchange for an unending life of joy and happiness with God.  God gives without measure!  The joy He offers no sadness or loss can diminish.  The cross of Christ leads to victory and freedom from sin and death. 

Question of the Day:  What is the cross which Jesus commands me to take up each and every day of my life?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus Christ, I want to follow you as your disciple.  I gladly offer all that I have to you.  Take and use my life as a pleasing sacrifice of praise to your glory.



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