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


Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

September 18, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 15:12-20

Psalm 17:1, 6-8, 15

Saint Luke 8:1-3

One of my favorite passages in Sacred Scripture is Matthew Chapter 10.  It is the Commissioning of twelve men as the Disciples of Jesus.  In today’s Gospel of Saint Luke we hear Jesus’ personal call to several women to become His disciples.  Every one of us are called to use our unique gifts and become disciples of Christ. 

Gifts begin with the heart and they have been given to us to share with others.  First, though, we need to hear Jesus’ invitation to recognize them, be grateful for them, and be ready to give them away.  With the ears of our heart we hear God nudging us to use our unique gifts.

In my former parish there is a wonderful young woman who is confined to a wheelchair.  She wanted so much to participate in liturgy and asked me to train her to become a lector.  She now, on a regular basis at Holy Mass, wheels her electric chair to the front of the sanctuary and with the aid of a hand microphone proclaims God’s Word.   Another example of gift giving is a family who are lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and members of the choir.  What a gift all of these people are to our Church community. 

Jesus calls men and women to be disciples.  Don’t you think that some children joined Him as well?   He called these people His “friends.”  We must remember that that discipleship is not dependent on gender.  Rather, it is a call to intimacy with God and to reaching out to give to others.  Our world is only going to change for the better when we each do our part in sharing our unique gifts with others. 

Question of the Day:  Who are the disciples of Christ that you know today?  What are the unique gifts that you possess that you can offer to the Church and our community?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I so want to be your friend and your disciple.  Help me, I pray, to share my time, talent and treasure with others.  Let my efforts be an example to the members of my family and to all who I meet throughout my life.  Amen.


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