Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

April 19, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

 

Acts of the Apostles 6:8-17

Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

John 6:22-29

 

            In 1954 my classmates and I received First Holy Communion.  The boy’s wore white suits and the girls wore their beautiful white dresses.  The entire teaching staff at Saint Frances de Chantel (Brooklyn, N.Y.) were nuns of the Dominican Order.  They were wonderful.  Back in those days we were taught to be “good followers.”

             Today’s readings from Acts and the Gospel of Saint John remind us that faith isn’t about following tiny rules or believing in Jesus because of signs and wonders.  They are about believing in God’s astonishing gift of sending Jesus to us and then transforming our lives because of Him.  We read in Acts, “Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people.”   Yet, the members of the Sanhedrin, continued in their disbelief.

            Our readings are telling us to embark on a serious faith journey that entails mystery, confusion and even risk.  We have to confront tough questions rather than to conform to an outdated set of rules and simply be “good followers.” 

            Even with our best intentions, we were a lot like the members of the Synagogue of Freedmen in today’s reading from Acts.  We focused on lots of spiritual trivia rather than “the great works of God” that “you believe in the One He sent,” as Saint John reminds us.

            Today we thank all of the Saint Stephen’s throughout the centuries that have given their all for the sake of Christianity.  I am quite certain that we do not truly understand the incredible difficulties they faced.  However, we believe in their efforts to bring Christ to the world.  How can you not trust the face of an angel?

Question of the Day:  How will you give your all for the sake of your faith?

Prayer:  “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!”  Psalm 119

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