Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 29, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Daniel 7:2-14

Psalm (Daniel 3)

Luke 21:29-33

It is said that Michelangelo, the genius of the Renaissance art world, would study a slab of marble before sculpting it.  He would study the stone so that he understood the outward sign of flaws in the marble.  It was only when he could see and accept the flaws that he would understand the potential of the stone and could begin his work.  He let the characteristics and imperfections of the marble lead him in creating his next work of art, a masterpiece often designed to glorify God.

If it was only that easy for us!  We usually don’t see any potential in our failings but instead fight these imperfections, denying them, ignoring them, wishing they didn’t exist or fatalistically knowing that our flaws are our individual downfall.   But God, the artistic creator doesn’t see us that way at all.  God invites us to accept and learn from our flaws and in understanding them, use them as the potential to create a life that glories God. 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about the buds on a tree as a sign that summer is near.  It doesn’t mean that summer has come.  It only means that the bud on the tree is a sign of summer, a sign of the life that will be coming if only we continue to nurture the life of the tree.

We aren’t creatures that are complete either, but like the tree in bud, are invited to wait with trust and hope for the fruit that will come in the future.  We may not even be aware that our flaws are an opportunity for grace or the buds in our lives are the places where God has touched us with life, waiting patiently for us to recognize God’s hand in our creation.  All we have to do is a matter of looking around in our lives and recognizing the reign of God, and the touch of the divine in our everyday life.

Question of the Day:  Can you identify your flaws and improve upon them, especially through the Sacrament of Reconciliation? 

Prayer:  Dear Lord, help me today to see my flaws as potential, not as something to despise.  Help me to accept them and your love and to live today seeing your face in all those I meet. 



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