Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

August 17, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 24:15-24

Psalm (Deuteronomy) 32

Matthew 19:16-22


If you have read my reflections in the past you probably know that I am a fan of Hollywood movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Today’s Gospel reminds of a movie from 1948 called “Key Largo.”   The movie is considered a classic due to the combination of writing, directing, music and of course acting.  There is a scene where the Chicago mobster (played by Edward G. Robinson) is asked by “good-guy” (Humphrey Bogart) what do you want in life.  The response was “more!”  In fact he emphasized that he could never have enough.  Only “more” of everything would suit his life and lifestyle.

Friends, God asks “more” from us than trying to lead a sinless life.  In our Gospel, Jesus tells the young man that he must keep the commandments and he must love his neighbor as himself.  When the young man is able to check those things off his list, Jesus has one “more” item for him.  He tells the man to sell all he has and give it to the poor.  Then, Jesus says, come and follow me.

The young man, silently, “…went away sad, for he had many possessions.”  Many of us are like this young man.  We are overwhelmed with things that we don’t need, yet we want “more” and “more.” 

I suspect that Jesus’ message is more than helping those less fortunate than we are.  Breaking free of our possessions can help us see what is really important, especially in these days of so many screens, devices, phones, etc.   The devices are obviously important for our professions, education, communication and so forth.  They help make our lives easier and connect us to the world as never before.  However, too often they are tools that can keep us from connecting with what is important right under our own noses; our families, friends and even ourselves.

Today we ask our Lord Jesus to help us be mindful of who we are before we start counting what we own.  Also, to be mindful of those who struggle to survive and how we can assist them in any way we can.  Finally, to never ask for “more” but to be simply thankful for the many blessings God has given us.  When we do these things we will never walk away “sad” since “more” is actually “less.”

Question of the Day:   Are you doing all you can do to “gain eternal life?” 

 Prayer:  Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.  Amen.

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


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