Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 13, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feat:  Saint Henry II, Emperor (972-+1024) – Patron of the Disadvantaged

Book of the Prophet Isiah 1:10-17

Psalm 50

Matthew 10:34-11:1

 

A popular bumper sticker reads, “If you want peace, do justice.”  Many citizens of the world propose that all of the war’s that are now in progress should end and the warring factions should simply “make peace.”  Others would argue that wars exist because countries are not fair in their delivery of justice to all the people. 

Is this what Jesus meant in today’s Gospel narrative as He says, “I have not come to bring peace but the sword.”  Our Lord foretells that father will be against son, daughter against mother, in-laws against one another and so on.  Wasn’t Jesus coming to make God’s love real in our lives?  Why then, such a predication of dissension and unrest?

Isaiah reminds the Israelites that their sacrifices are not pleasing to God.  Rather, their call to God’s covenant must be honored; they must, “Make justice your aim; redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.”

Having said that, how are we, as followers of Christ, to live out our baptismal covenant to make God present in today’s world in order to “make justice our aim?”  In many countries throughout our world there are countless voices telling us that their way is God’s call, or that this or that political ideal is what God demands of us.  As Christians we struggle not only with the question of war and violence issues, but also public policy regarding marriage, when life begins and ends, and so forth.  Is this the “sword” that Jesus speaks of?

Friends, in the midst of political arguments during this election year, how are we to discern God’s call to us in the 21st. century?  Maybe this will help.  According to the U.S. Catholic Bishop’s Letter, “Faithful Citizenship – A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility (2003,) the bishop’s state: “…we seek to form the consciences of our people.  We do not wish to instruct persons on how they should vote by endorsing or opposing candidates.  We hope that voters will examine the position of candidates on the full range of issues, as well as on their personal integrity, philosophy, and performance.  We are convinced that a consistent ethic of life should be the moral framework from which to address issues in the political arena.”

How then are we to act in a way that recognizes God’s presence within and around us?  As simple human beings, we make decisions that often times reflect our needs and limited vision.  As a result we fall into struggles within our selves and with others…and forget to call upon God to guide us in our lives, our actions and our decisions. 

Today we pray that we turn to the Spirit of God who is within us and ask for guidance to live the call of the prophets and of Jesus’ Good News to love one another as ourselves. 

Question of the Day:  How will you call upon Almighty God to guide you in your life, in your actions, and in your decisions on issues of social justice? 

Prayer:  Father, grant that those of us who serve you on earth will one day have a place in your kingdom.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well s for peace in our county and in our world.  Prosit

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