Monday of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


Memorial Feast:  St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (+316) – Patron of Diseases of the Throat

Second Book of Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13

Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Mark 5:1-20

Can you imagine a more unlovable human being than the man described in today’s Gospel narrative?  Here was a person, full of sin, full of Satan, homeless, scurrying through the mountains, streets and graveyards naked. He is screaming, angry, and even abusing himself with stones.  Blood, both fresh and dried, covers his body.  Imagine his hair matted his body full of the stench of foul odors.  How would you respond to this man?

Saint Mark describes a list of responses to this unattractive figure.  Some tried to tame him, others tried to change his habits and reform him.  Failing that, he was chained and ultimately shunned, ignored and marginalized.

What then is God calling us to do?  How should we respond to those who are unlovable?  Jesus saw beyond what this man was to what he could become.  After this man experienced the love of Christ, he wanted to be close to Jesus.  He was drawn to serve the Kingdom of God. 

Friends, Jesus can change anybody.  Christ’s love can transform anybody’s life, but His love and friendship must first be shared and then received.  Therefore, the obvious lesson for us today is to, in faith, “become comfortable being uncomfortable” and seek to manifest the love of Christ through us to those who the world says are “unworthy of our love, affection, and protection.”

Question of the Day:  Will you share the love and friendship of Jesus with others regardless of their lot in life?

Prayer:  “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom do I fear?  The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”  (Psalm 27:1)



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