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


Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

September 30, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast: Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church (347-420)

Zechariah 8:1-8

Psalm 102

Luke 9:46-50

Today’s Gospel addresses the question of which disciple is “the greatest.”  Talk about being attentive to the presence of the Lord in our midst.  Jesus puts it very clearly to us that God is present in everyone we meet.

God’s standards are certainly not the world’s standards.  The world’s standards are so often based on the financial worth or position of power that a person has.  You can see it almost everywhere you go. The CEO of a major corporation, the rich and famous, the elite society who are admired for their wealth, status and power.

All of us have been in a group situation one time or another and felt the dynamics change when someone with status or wealth enters the conversation.  Special attention is paid to their words.  When someone else speaks without such wealth or power the words are heard, but no so quickly attended to.

If we had the presence of mind our internal attention focused on the fact that God is present in ever person, we would welcome all people equally in our conversation and in our lives. 

Let us take the time today to monitor how we greet and treat people.  Let us greet and treat people with the same respect and courtesy.  Today is a good day to do some internal checking.  Let us pray to St. Vincent de Paul who served the needs of the poor in the name of Christ and is a perfect role model for all of us. 

Question of the Day:  Are you attentive to God’s presence in your life?

Prayer:  “May we be united in the life to come, by your intercession, and experience joy, gladness, and everlasting happiness.  Amen.”  St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us. 



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