Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Third Week of Easter

April 27, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 6:8-15

Psalm 119

John 6:22-29


After the Resurrection Stephen encountered the Risen Lord!  This encounter changed his life.  We hear in the Acts of the Apostles, “Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people.”  This power even transformed him when he was accosted and tried by the Sanhedrin.  We continue to read, “All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”  Indeed, Stephen’s encounter changed his life – forever.

Sisters and brothers our reading from Acts warrants this question; how do we most typically encounter the Risen Lord?  For many it is in the Eucharist.  The multiplication of the loaves in John’s Gospel is his way of presenting the Eucharist (the Gospel’s do not contain any narrative of the Institution of the Eucharist.)  In the Gospel Jesus instructs the crowd, “Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”  

I often wonder whether if we expect enough from our celebrations of the Eucharist.  Do we allow ourselves to be fully open to the Risen Lord’s presence in all of its dimensions such as meeting in community, the rituals, the presider, the scriptures, the homilist, the host and cup, and so forth?  For me personally, I never know beforehand which presence of the Lord will touch me most deeply during a given Eucharistic celebration. I just let the Holy Spirit guide me.

Saint Stephen, Deacon and first Martyr of our faith, was transformed by his encounter with our Risen Lord.  We cannot but allow this energy to renew our dedication, as Jesus’ new disciples, to doing the works of the Lord.

Our “Alleluias” during Eastertime makes sense only when we allow this real presence of the Risen Jesus in the Eucharist, and in everything we see and do, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, to well up in our hearts and flow out into our works.  

Question of the Day:  How do you allow yourself to be present to the real presence of our Risen Lord Jesus and to allow yourself to be transformed and transform your face to become as radiant as an angel?”

Prayer:  Lord God, grant that we may imitate Saint Stephen and learn to love our enemies and to forgive our persecutors.  Amen.

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


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