Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 25, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Psalm 144:1-2, 3-4

Luke 9:18-22


            Today’s reading from Ecclesiastes begins with, “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for everything under the heavens.”   The reading continues with a list of contrasting phrases such as “a time to be born and a time to die.”  We all know that one day we will die, but we do not have control over the when and where of our death.  As the reading continues there are more phrases that refer to “a time to speak and a time to be silent.”  Right about now, during this national election year, we can predict a lack of silence from our political candidates. 

            “A time to kill” is more difficult to understand as is “a time to hate” and “a time for war.”  Shouldn’t there be a time be for healing, loving and peace?  Obviously in our imperfect and human world there are times for killing, war and hatred.  We see and hear of the various types of violent behavior every day. 

            Having said all of this I would have to disagree with the author of this book of the Bible when he follows the list of contrasting times with the phrase that, He, (God) has made everything appropriate to its time.”   The times for hatred, killing and war are not predestined; God does not make these inexcusable acts happen.  They occur because of the free will choice of people.

            Friends, it is not always easy for us to be able to identify those times we can control and those that we cannot.  However, we can make a difference as we pray for peace and by letting our voices be heard as we elect individuals who will lead us to peace, prosperity and the respect for all life.   

Question of the Day:  How will you set an example for others as a disciple of peace?

Prayer:  “May Mary, the Mother of Jesus, help us to understand and live every day the fraternity that springs up from the heart of her Son, so as to bring peace to each person on this our beloved earth.”  Amen.  (A simple prayer of peace from Pope Francis.)


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