Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

June 22, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Paulinus of Nola, (354-+431) Patron Saint of Pilgrims

(Same Day)  Saint John Fisher, Martyr, (1469-+1535) Patron Saint of Rochester

(Same Day) Saint Thomas More, Martyr, (1478-+1535) Patron Saint of Social Philosophy

Second Book of Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18

Psalm 60

Matthew 7:1-5


The Greek fabulist Aesop (620BC-564BC) wrote, “According to ancient lore, every man is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck, one in front and one behind, and both are full of faults.  But the one in front is full of his neighbor’s faults; the one behind full of his own.  Consequently, men are blind to their own faults but never lose sight of their neighbors.”  In other words, everyone has a tendency to judge other people or want to be critics while no one wants to be judged or condemned by others in the same way. 

In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus tells His disciples, “Stop judging, that you may not be judged…Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?”  This is simple advice from our Lord for people who seem to enjoy finding faults in others yet are oblivious to their own.

The dramatic image of a plank resting in someone’s eye is almost too impossible to imagine.  However, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  We humans really do ignore some pretty big problems in our own lives, but continue to point out the faults and failings of others.  The energy used to identify, communicate and worry about what others could do to improve their lives, could be much more appropriately spent identifying and then working on ones own life.  All you have to do is look into your “bag of faults.”

Question of the Day:  How will you spend time today reflecting on those parts of your life that need improvement?

Prayer:   Through the intercession of Saints Paulinus, Thomas More and John Fisher grant that we may confirm by the testimony of our lives that faith which we profess the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic and for peace in our country and in our world.


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