Monday of the Second Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Second Week of Easter

April 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 4:23-31

Psalm 2

John 3:1-8


Every now and then I run across people who seem to have boundless amounts of energy.  I suspect that in my younger days I would have been classified in the same category.  Have you ever wondered where these folks get all that energy from?

On another level, I know others who seem to have an extraordinary dedication of unfailing kindness, goodness and charity.  These are the folks whose faith is so deep and uncomplicated that we just love being around them.  Where do all of these wonderful virtues come from?

In light of today’s scripture readings, the answer to these questions is a simple one; it does not come from them!  Or, in others words as Jesus relates to Nicodemus in today’s Gospel from Saint John, “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”  That is, the power of faith, of love, of extraordinary dedication comes from God’s Holy Spirit dwelling deep with His people.  

Friends, we are the spiritual descendants of those who came before us.  Are we conscious today that something more is at work within and around us?  Do we pray, work and act by consciously acknowledging the Holy Spirt is our source of energy, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic?  Will we emerge from our homes and back to our “normal lives” with a renewed faith and fill our churches to capacity each and every week and heed the Words of Jesus to Nicodemus that yes even though we are grown we can be born again by the power of God, the Holy Spirit.  I truly hope so!

Question of the Day:  How do you allow the Holy Spirit to be alive and active in your life?

Prayer:  “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created; and you shall renew the face of the earth.”

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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