Friday of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

September 13, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast for St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church 344-407

First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy 1:1-, 12-14

Psalm 16:1b-2a+5, 7-8, 11

Luke 6:39-42

Today, in case you hadn’t noticed, is Friday the 13th.   Friggtriskaiddekaphobia is the term used for those who suffer from the fear of the number 13 especially on Friday the 13th.   If you have this fear beware!  December 13th this year also falls on a Friday.  In doing a bit of research I found that approximately 20 million Americans fear Friday the 13th.   The superstition is apparently of fairly recent origin first being mentioned around 1900.  Actually, as it turns  out, Friday the 13th days turn out to be generally safer than other days, most  probably because people tend to be more careful on that day,

If we dig even dipper we realize that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and that there were 13 in attendance with Him at the Last Supper.  It seem to me to be among one of the most bizarre of misunderstandings of Christianity to associate this with bad luck.  We call it “Good Friday” and not “Bad Friday.”

True enough though, Jesus underwent the ultimate test and sacrifice for us on a Friday, but He did it to redeem us – not so that we’d be looking to avoid black cats, or walking under ladders and trying to keep from breaking mirrors.  Paul has it exactly right in today’s first reading, He was once a blasphemer and persecutor of Christ and His followers, only to have his life turned around by his devotion to Our Risen Lord.

So here is to the luckiest day of the year.  To Friday, the day all our souls were saved. 

Question of the Day:  Do you, as St. Paul reveals, understand that, “The grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus?”

PrayerDear Jesus, I ask that you bring me the strength to concur any fear(s) that will keep me from serving you with faithful love, even when it may be difficult for me.



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