Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


Memorial Feast:  Saint Scholastica (480-543) – Patroness of Benedictine Women’s Communities

1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13

Psalm 132:6-7, 8-10

Mark 6:53-56

Recently, over the past several weeks, I have begun to notice that I have been drowning in a sea of obligations.  There are my duties here at the Malvern Retreat House, my parish duties at Saint Mary Magdalen in Media, PA, and the duties at home of a husband, father and grandfather of eight.  I sometimes feel that all I do lately is rush from one responsibility to another barely catching my breath.  Sound familiar?  Today’s Gospel made me think of how it must have been the same for Jesus during His public ministry.  Mark tells us that the disciples had barely tied up the boat and people were scurrying to bring sick people for Jesus to cure.  At times, it must have been overwhelming.  But Jesus must have been nourished by the faith of those people, who only wished to touch the tassel of His cloak.  The lesson for me (and maybe for you as well) is that my faith should nourish me even in the busiest of times.  I can feed that faith by taking time, even when life is hectic, by praying, and by taking time to rest in the bosom of God.  

The prayers and rest I’m speaking of can consist of a deep breath and quieting ourselves so that the noise from the outside world dims and the busy “gears” of our brains slow down – even just a bit.  The rest and quiet can help us to really focus on what’s important, which is to ask God for the strength to do our best and the strength for when life becomes overwhelming to ask Him for guidance and peace in our hearts. 

Friends there are times in our lives when we may have to ask God for the strength to simply say “no” to the demands and obligations that are placed upon us.   As Christian women and men we look to Jesus as our example to act with charity and love toward others.  It’s hard to say “no” to that, isn’t it?

Question of the Day:  Will you take time each day to “slow down” for prayer and contemplation.  Will you seek to serve others as our Lord taught His disciples to do?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, let me see your servants heart in all human beings, so that I may unselfishly serve You through them.



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