Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 22, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast:  Saint Rita of Cascia, Widow (1381-+1457), Patroness of Impossible Cases

Acts of the Apostles 18:9-18

Psalm 47

John 16:20-23


“Do not be afraid, and do not be silent!”   Our Lord Jesus spoke those words to Paul in a vision.  I suspect that he, at that moment in time, really needed to hear them.  Wherever Paul had been travelling in order to teach and preach he was being abused, shunned, arrested and brought to trial.  But our Lord assures, or better yet, reassures Paul that, “I am with you.”  This message is for all of us as well because we are not called to live in fear or in silence.  We are called to speak the Good News with our words and with our actions.  We are called to testify that our Redeemer lives and is with us.  In spite of personal and communal sins, we are all called to be Christ to one another, every day, ALL DAY!

Jesus is present with us and in our world in a way that was unimaginable before the Resurrection.  Because of the Resurrection Jesus is available to all of us in ways that are not limited by space and time.  Our challenge is much like Paul’s challenge.  We must trust that God is with us despite our fears and nagging doubts when our faith is at its weakest.

Friends, our lives as the children of God, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, are full of grief, joy, ups and downs, triumphs and failures.  Just as Jesus was transformed in His suffering, death, and resurrection, so too can our grief and fear be transformed into joy and courage.  Jesus is present with us when we weep and when we laugh, when we doubt and when we are flush with faith.

Like Paul may we continue to believe in the Resurrected Jesus’ presence in and around us, as God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and we become part of God’s presence in a world that is in desperate need of healing, hope and forgiveness.  All we have to do is remember, “Do not be afraid and do not be silent.”

Question of the Day:  When you pray ask our Lord these questions; Lord Jesus am I good enough?  Do you approve of the way I am living my life?  Can you really change my heart and transform me into a more generous, forgiving and loving person? Can you change me so that despite my human flaws and shortcomings I can welcome others with the Good News of Your love, mercy, forgiveness and hope? 

Prayer:  “The Lord is my portion: He is good to the soul that seeks Him, Alleluia.  (Communion Antiphon for May 22, 2020.) 

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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