Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

January 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Fabian, Martyr (200-250) – Patron Saint of Doves

First Book of Samuel 15:16-23

Psalm 50

Mark 2:18-22

Today’s readings speak to us of two virtues; obedience and love.

Our first reading from the First Book of Samuel speaks of the virtue of obedience.  Obedience to the command of God as relayed to Saul by the prophet Samuel.  Saul tries to justify his plundering of the Amalekites by saying that the plundered goods were to be used for sacrifices to God.  Samuel replies that God had forbidden plunder.   He tells Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice.  Here we have a message for us.  Sometimes we disobey the commandments.  We then try to justify ourselves by saying that our intentions were good or that we were unable to resist the disobedience.  The words of Samuel make it very clear that God’s commands are to be obeyed.  Like Saul, we cannot justify our disobedience.  God tells us that if we seek His help we will be able to obey the commandments.

The second reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark speaks of the virtue of love.  Love of God rather than love of self.  The Pharisees mentioned here wanted others to think well of them.  That’s the wrong kind of love.  Jesus speaks of the love of God.  The disciples and all the others listening should love Jesus because He really is God.  Rather than fast, which does not reflect joy, they should rejoice to be in the company of Jesus.  Our Lord tells them that there will be time for fasting later when He is no longer with them here on earth.  Again, there is a message here for us.  We need to love God rather than ourselves.  We do that by rejoicing when it is appropriate.  An example would be during the Christmas season.  Like the wedding guests who rejoice with the bridegroom at the wedding, we rejoice at Christmas to celebrate the birth of our Savior. 

We all practice obedience in many ways.  We obey the laws of our country, state and municipalities.  Students obey the rules and regulations of the schools they attend.  Members of clubs, organizations and social groups obey the rules of those organizations.  But as followers of Christ, we practice the virtue of obedience by obeying the commandments of God and the laws of the Church.  We do this because we want to follow Christ as closely and with as much devotion as we can.

We also practice love throughout our lives.  We love our parents, our brothers and sisters, our spouses and our children.  In loving those close to us we practice the virtue of love when we see Jesus in them.  We increase our love of God through our love of those closest to us. 

The virtues of obedience and love of God is a beautiful combination.

Question of the Day:  Are you disciplined enough to place obedience and love of God before all other things?

Prayer:  God of love. You make Your grace depend on my will.  Continue to strengthen and guide my will so that my soul may always be open to Your grace.



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