Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

August 21, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Pope Saint Pius X (1835-+1914) – Known for his reputation of piety and holiness

Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 107

Matthew 22:34-40


Today’s Gospel scene has the Pharisees and Sadducees gathered together to put Jesus to the test.  We must remember that these are learned men; lawyers, teachers and priests who were well respected within their community.   Our Lord brushed aside the trap they were setting for Him and, like Ezekiel in our first reading, He opened His mouth and “their bones dried up.”

The words Jesus spoke are short and simple.  We are born for love.  We find the source of our being in love.  Not just friends, family, and countrymen, but strangers and even enemies are our neighbors. 

Interestingly, simple words can often times confuse us.  Many of us who are organized, articulate and on task can often lose sight of the big picture.  Could it be so easy; love God and love neighbor

Recently I watched the 1982 movie “Gandhi.”   The movie won eight Academy Award including best picture, best director and, for his extraordinary performance in the title role, Sir Ben Kingsley won for best actor.  I had seen the movie several times in the past, but never from the beginning to the end.  On this occasion I did and came to several realizations. 

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was an Indian of the Hindu faith.  He was a lawyer, writer, and a non-violent activist who promoted home rule for all of India against the British Empire.  As I watched the movie I couldn’t help but observe the comparisons I was noticing between Mr. Gandhi and our Lord Jesus.  They both had a similar message; they both promoted non-violence, they both promoted love and peace toward all men, they wished to serve and not be served, they were both judged and they were both violently killed rather than be heard. 

More than ever our world needs leadership which promotes non-violence and love, not only in our country but in every country around the world.  Issues concerning social justice and equality for all are of paramount concern and should be addressed on every level. 

Sisters and brothers, God’s presence is in all of us regardless of our faith tradition.  God’s message, through the Gospel’s of Jesus, is one of faithfulness and love.  We hear this message in today’s Gospel acclamation, “Teach me your paths, my God, guide me in your truth.  Alleluia, alleluia.”

Question of the Day:  How has God worked in your life so as to bring about completely unexpected good towards others?  

Prayer:  May God, who is rich in mercy, benignly speed this restoration of the human race in Jesus Christ for “it depends no upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy.”  Amen.  (Partially from Romans 9:16.)   

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


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