Monday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 4, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Saint Charles Borromeo 1538-1584 

Romans 11:29-36

Psalm 69

Luke 14:12-14

“The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”  What a powerful statement Paul makes to the Romans.  He goes on to reiterate this idea in other ways so that the Romans do not think the statement is mere exaggeration.  God’s love, mercy, and all of His gifts are forever ours.

The message here is not what we see in our lives and interactions with each other.  When someone disappoints us we might forgive him/her more than once or twice, but eventually we stop making any effort to maintain that relationship.  We sue individuals and businesses when we feel wronged (just watch the TV commercials offering legal assistance.)  We hold grudges in our personal relationships.  Many of us tend to keep count of the times someone hurts us in some way whether intentional or not.  We see the promises of love between two married people dissolve in divorce.  We even see parents and children cut themselves off from each other because of misunderstandings and anger.

How then do we make sense out of Paul’s words when it is so far from our human experience?  Paul even says later in the letter, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways!”

Friends, we cannot make sense of the divine, but we can believe.  We do not have to understand His ways to know that He is the source of infinite love for us.  We can be confident that He forgives our transgressions as well of those of all of His creation over and over again.

As we are sometimes discouraged with our “stumbling” through life’s journey, this important message from our good Saint Paul is a wonderful reminder that despite our faltering and stumbling, God’s perfect love is a constant.  It is a gift that He does not expect to be repaid.  It can’t be!

Question of the Day:  Can you offer mercy as easily as you ask for it?

Prayer:  Father, let all human beings be Your dear children and my brothers and sisters.



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