Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 31, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint John Bosco (1815-1808) – Patron Saint of School Children

Second Book of Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17

Psalm 51

Mark 4:26-34

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint John (Don) Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Society.  He was a 19th century priest known especially for his love of and ministry to children.  Today Salesians are over 34,000 strong and work in 130 countries, still ministering in a variety of ways to children, especially the poor children of the streets.

It was not smooth sailing for Don Bosco in the beginning.  He had a strong aversion to negative discipline; his motto was, “Not with blows, but with charity and gentleness must you draw these friends to the path of virtue.”  In fact, in Italy where he began his work, he was called insane for the positive methods he employed with the street ruffians that became part of his Salesian family. 

In today’s Gospel Jesus compares the Kingdom of God’s growth with the person who sows seeds in good soil and trusts that God will take care of the nurturing.  He also describes the mustard seed that starts tiny and develops into a huge tree with strong branches that even birds may find shelter.

We can only wonder if Saint Don Bosco did not operate with this same thought; provide a warm secure place for growth, sit back, and watch God’s work.

Who in our lives needs our trust in his/her ability to mature, to bear fruit, to be fully included in “our” piece of the Kingdom of God?  What difference might it make if we were to proceed in our upcoming interactions with the charity and gentleness that we see in Don Bosco’s approach to his fellow man? 

Friends, think about the questions I present to you today.  Better yet, pray about them.

Question of the Day:  Will you pray for the intercession of Saint John Bosco in order to see the good and the beauty of everyone you meet?

Prayer:  Lord, instill Your Divine grace in us as you did Your Saint John Bosco.  Let everything I think, say, or do, even the least of my actions, show forth your grace in me. 



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