Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 6, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr (1890-+1902) – Patron Saint of Victims of Crime

Book of the Prophet Hosea 2:15, 17c-18, 21-22

Psalm 145

Matthew 9:18-26

 

“I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.”  (Hosea 2:16)

“Courage, daughter!  Your faith has saved you.”  (Matthew 9-22)

How do we respond to cruelty, deceit and infidelity?  How do we respond to lies and injustice?  For many, the first instinct is always to respond in kind, even though we know how unhappy it will make us in the end.  That is why we so desperately need the example of Hosea in the first reading as well as in Matthew’s Gospel.

Today’s readings are filled with words, of beauty, fidelity and healing.  The Lord’s promise in the passage from Hosea is, “I will love you if you will love me in return.”  It’s not, “I will love you unless or until you displease me.”  Our God love’s us and there is really nothing we can do to change that fact.  

Today’s Gospel narrative breaks my heart.  I am a parent and grandparent.  I can easily imagine the anguish of losing a child.  I can easily imagine bringing all of that pain to our Lord Jesus and pleasing to Him, “Lord, please do something!”  I can then imagine the delirious joy of having my child restored to life and health by Jesus. 

Friends, each and every day, Jesus offers all of us opportunities to embrace and demonstrate our faith and to be His healing instruments in a world filled with so much pain and anguish.  Realizing that should be enough to make us delirious with joy.  Faith brings healing, always!

Question of the Day:  How will you pray for your individual healing as a plan for your individual salvation? 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, You are the Divine Physician.  We ask for your healing power for all who are sick, tormented by unclean spirits and for all who experience any type of addictive behavior.  Amen.

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

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