Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua
Malvern Minute

Today's Daily Reflection

 

A Minute from Malvern 
            
June 13, 2018 – Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua
Father John Meyers, Rector
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Gospel Mt 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

Reflection:      Imagine going to a friend’s home for dinner and

  1. Plates were served with only the minimal caloric content necessary for survival.
  2. Plates were full of leftover food from the previous week
  3. Plates had pictures of food instead of real food.

In the first instance we would thing these folks were rather cheap, providing so little to guests.  In the second would be offended and even suspicious.  In the third, we would think these folks were psychotic since there was no actual food served.  When we look to do the absolute minimum toward God, are we not like the first instance above?  When we give God only our leftover time and attention are we not like the second instance hosts?  When we substitute lies that make us look good rather than the truth to God or others, are we not like the psychotics?

A parishioner once told his Pastor that he was no saint and had no plans to be.  He was planning to squeak into Purgatory.  His pastor replied, “If I have a bow and arrow and aim for Heaven but miss, well Purgatory is not so bad.  If I aim at purgatory and miss…”

Questions for Discussion and Decision:

  • Am I generous with God?
  • How does Jesus fulfill the Law and the Prophets?
  • Am I aiming at holiness by the way I live?
  • What could I do today to improve my aim?
  • Do I substitute fantasy for reality in any way?

Let Us Pray!

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who, by the will of the Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, have by Your death given life to the world, deliver me by this Your Most Sacred Body and Blood from all sins and from every evil. Make me always cling to Your commmandments, and never permit me to be separated from You. Who with the same God the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to St. Anthony:

Dear Saint Anthony, you took the words of Jesus seriously, “Be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Church honors you as a Christian hero, a man wholly dedicated to God’s glory and the good of the redeemed. Saint Anthony, Model of Perfection, ask Jesus to strengthen my good dispositions and to make me more like you, more like Him. Obtain for me the other favors I need.

Prosit!

Father John

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