Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 12, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1

Psalm 113:1-7

Luke 11:29-32


            There have been many occasions in Sacred Scripture where people ask Jesus to do something sensational to prove He really was the “Anointed One of God.”  They missed the fact that the greatest sign God could send was Jesus Himself.  We hear in today’s Gospel narrative, “For just as Jonah became a “sign” to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a “sign” to this generation.”

            While reading Luke’s Gospel we should be struck by the word “sign.”  When we think about it our world is filled with signs.  Signs are designed to guide us and, in many cases, keep us safe.  Let me explain with this story:

            During the Great Depression in the 1920’s millions of people were out of work in our country.  A Western Union office in New York City advertised that they were going to hire one person and would interview the following Monday.  On Sunday there were 25 people lined up ready to be interviewed.  When the office opened on Monday morning another 45 people jammed into the waiting room hoping to be that one person who would be hired.  As they sat in hopeful silence time moved slowly.  The only sounds they heard were the ticking of the clock, the tapping of the secretary’s typewriters keys, and the dots and dashes of the telegraph key.  The applicants waited 20, 30 40 minutes.  After 45 minutes a man walked into the waiting room, squeezed into a place on the floor to wait with the rest.  After three minutes he got up, went into the inner office, and returned in five minutes proclaiming, “I got the job!”  There was a near riot in the waiting room until the office manager came out and explained, “We’ve been tapping out in Morse Code for the past 40 minutes, whoever can translate this, come in – and the job is yours!” 

            What then does this mean for us today?  My suggestion is that as you walk through this day and become AWARE!  God is all around us, bursting forth in color and beauty in all the places we all walk through and in all the faces we look into today.  For all of this we can continually raise and thank God throughout the day, and every day.  May I also suggest that you carry it a bit further by thanking someone for being a revelation for God to you in some way?  If you can’t do it in person, why not make a quick phone call, a text or an email.  An honest, sincere expression of gratitude makes you a “sign” of God’s presence in our world. 

Question of the Day:  Will you become an outward sign of God’s grace to others?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, grant to me and to all human beings the grace necessary for salvation.  Amen. 


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