Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

February 17, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


Feast: The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

The Order of Friar Servants of Mary or Servites (O.S.M.) founded by seven Florentine cloth merchants in 1233, today they number about 855 religious; they popularized devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows.  (Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist 2020 – Archdiocese of Philadelphia.)

 Letter of Saint James 1:1-11

Psalm 119

Mark 8:11-13

“He sighed from the depth of His spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation seek a sign?”  We all sigh don’t we?  To sigh could have several meanings.  It all depends on how we express a sigh.  We could sigh because we are sad, or when we feel relief, or by being exhausted from a physical strain.  We could sigh as an expression of disgust.  As you just heard, Jesus sighed from the depth of His spirit which to me represents a deep and personal response to the Pharisees.  We might say the sigh He emitted included a deep groan which in no uncertain terms to the Pharisees indicated Jesus’ disgust, impatience and possibly His anger.

By the time of the encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees He had preformed various miracles and signs.  Yet the Pharisees were not satisfied and seemed to want something more, perhaps something grander in scale.

The groan in the heart of Jesus is the sign of rejected love.  The heart of Jesus is full of divine love and comes to call everyone to “believe in the Gospel,” the Good News of the nearness of the Kingdom of God.  But in order for that Good News to be received a change of heart is necessary.  His heart will not rest until those He calls respond to the love He gives.

Friends, in light of today’s Gospel, you might ask yourself; where do I insist on having proof of God’s power according to my way of thinking?  Where might I be blind to the already present power of the Kingdom of God?  In what way may Jesus be sighing in the face of my rejection of His love and presence in my life?  Your answer will come to you every time you consume Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Question of the Day:  Do you accept the love of Jesus and sigh in relief that His love is genuine and unconditional?

Prayer:  “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed the man who seeks refuge in Him.”  (From today’s Communion Antiphon.)



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