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


Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 27, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest (1580-1680)

Haggai 2:1-9

Psalm 43:1, 2, 3, 4

Luke 9:19-22

“My Spirit continues in your midst; do not fear!”  Prophet Haggai

“You have sown much, but have brought in  little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; you have drunk, but have not been exhilarated; have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed; and whoever earned wages earned them for a bag with holes  in it.”  Prophet Haggai

Sisters and brothers, today’s first reading encourages us to reflect on what brings us joy in life.  There is the story of the year and a half old child who delighted in opening a vast number of gifts at Christmas.  After the last package was opened the child began to play with the colorful wrapping paper and bows instead of the toys.  Many of the expensive toys given to children usually end up in a toy box or closet after a few uses.  Sound familiar moms and dads?  Many toys didn’t make children happy any more than most adult toys do and is the central lesson from the Prophet Haggai.

The second half of the reading suggest what does bring happiness – serving the Lord, and by extension, our neighbors.  Having said that I am reminded of a quote from Albert Schweitzer; he said, “One thing I know, the only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”  

Our Lord Jesus came to us to serve and not be served.  It is what He did and it is what He asks us to do.  When you can, think of someone who would benefit from a random act of kindness and then do it.  It can be the smallest thing.  A phone call or even an email to someone might just make their day.  Having a cup of coffee with an elderly neighbor would have the same effect.  The possibilities are endless.   I will almost guarantee that once your life focuses on bringing a bit off joy to someone else, the sun will come out on your own day. 

Question of the Day:  Will you give others random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return?

Prayer:  “In giving we receive and what we receive is the gift of joy.”  St. Francis of Assisi.” 



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