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


Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Romans 4:20-25

Psalm (Luke 1)

Luke 12:13-21

“Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; Rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to do.”  (Romans 4:2-22)

Isn’t it wonderful how Paul looks to Abraham as a model of faith?  Let’s take a moment and recall God’s promise to Abraham.  God spoke to Abraham telling him to leave his father’s house and to go forth to a new land, promising to make him and his descendants into a great nation.  Abraham trusted God and went forth as the Lord had directed. 

We Catholic Christians, like Saint Paul, rightly look to Abraham as a model of faith.  The heart of faith is accepting God’s invitation to a trusting personal relationship; it is not merely assenting to doctrines about God.

But how often do the circumstances in our lives conspire to make us doubt this relationship? We find ourselves asking where God is amid our trials and challenges, accidents, failures, betrayals, sickness, natural disasters, as wells as the secular materialistic conditioning of our culture that contribute to our doubt.    

Friends, faith is not a once-for-all thing!  We believers are invited to deepen faith by trusting the Lord to sustain us – especially during our time of trials.  We join the disciples in begging the Lord to “increase our faith.” And He will do just that

God is our rock!  God has been with us in the past, He is with us right now, and will be with us forever.

Question of the Day: Do you have more faith in God than all of the material things in your life?

Prayer: Lord, teach me to avoid any gain that does harm to me.  Help me to welcome any loss that fosters the growth of my spiritual life. 



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