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

 

Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

First Thessalonians 4:1-8

Psalm 97

Matthew 25:1-3

Today our scripture readings are an interesting mix of instructions as well as a contrast of both faith and worry.  St. Paul tells us to follow the instructions given to them from Jesus as well as to refrain from immorality.  The psalmist proclaims, “Rejoice in the Lord, you just!”  In our Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the bridegroom and the ten virgins.  Our Lord warns, “Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Many of Jesus’ parables concerning judgement and decision making always seem to make folks nervous.  We often worry if we are measuring up to the standards that our Lord is calling us for.

It’s a known fact that all of us have both up and down times in their relationship with God.  That is the times when we feel like God is distant and can’t be reached.   Wouldn’t it be a shame if Jesus returns during one of those down times – what happens then?  Will that person be like one of the virgins who didn’t bring any oil for their lamp?  Will my faith alone be sufficient to gain the kingdom of heaven?

It seems that our faith, or our lamp oil, requires constant replenishing – will we ever have enough?  Yet we will never hear God say, “I am only giving you this much faith, so you’d better keep it to yourself.”  I truly believe the supply of faith available to us is inexhaustible.  So why worry?  Worry seems to rob us of our faith.  When we worry, we lose our joy and if affects our ability to serve God.  When we simply trust God and put God first in our lives, then as we serve and honor Him our joy can return. 

Sisters and brothers, our faith and trust in God should be like the faith a child places in their parents or grandparents as they learn how to walk or ride a bicycle, or be nurtured and loved.

Question of the Day:  Do you stumble in your faith or place your total trust in God?

Prayer:  Lord, you know my weaknesses and my faults.  Give me the strength and piety to serve You with faithful love, even when this is difficult for me. 

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