Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

June 8, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

First Book of Kings

Psalm 121

Matthew 5:1-12

 

All of our readings today are comforting, which is good.  I’m sure you would agree with me that during the COVID-19 pandemic the entire world needs comforting.  As we re-read the Beatitudes we are told that those who are having a tough time now, suffering in this world, will not suffer forever.  The trials of this world will be reversed in heaven.  Those who are meek and obedient to God will get their reward, perhaps not here, perhaps not soon, but their reward will be great in heaven.  Those who show mercy here will be shown mercy there.  People here who feel they have not been blessed will receive those blessings in heaven.  

I have always loved the Beatitudes or “blessedness.”  The litany of blessings due to those who often seem defeated and left behind in today’s world is both comforting and inspiring. 

What then does it mean to be blessed?  According to today’s Gospel message, Jesus says it means being poor in spirit, meek merciful, persecuted, insulted or hungry.  When I think of “blessedness” I think of good circumstances, a happy heart and being without worry.  However, that is not always reality.  God never promises a life without hardships.  He does, however, see us.  He sees our life in the good times and the bad times and He knows each one of us by name.  Our Heavenly Father wants to bless our lives.  So He sees us when we are tired, lonely, and hurt and He offers Himself to make us whole.

It isn’t easy to follow Jesus, to live a life as a peacemaker, to live as someone who hungers and thirsts for righteousness especially during a time that our nation is experiencing civil unrest.  Life is hard, but we have to remember God’s encouragement when we are afflicted.  Even more importantly we have to remember to pass on that encouragement to others when they are afflicted. 

Question of the Day:  How will you be merciful, to comfort those who mourn, become a peacemaker, to respect those who are meek and those who are clean of heart?

Prayer:  Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might no despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself.  Amen.  (Closing Prayer for the Divine Mercy Chaplet)   

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

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