Malvern Minute


Monday of the Third Week of Lend

March 16, 2020

Deacon Anthony J.  Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Second Book of Kings 5:1-15ab

Psalm 42-42

Luke 4:24-30


In today’s Gospel our Lord is back in His “home town” of Nazareth.  While He was speaking in the synagogue the people assumed that He would be obliged to perform a miracle for them.  They thought that before anyone or anywhere else Jesus should heal the folks He knew best first.  But Jesus shows them that He has to perform miracles, not only for them but for everyone.  His message is that God cares for all of His people and that He has no favorites.  Everyone is equal in the sight of God. 

Jesus cites the examples of two famous Old Testament prophets.  First, Elijah, who worked a miracle to feed the widow of Zarephath (1Kings 17:9) in the pagan territory of Sidon when there was a famine throughout Israel.  The second was Elisha who cleansed Naaman the Syrian (2Kings 7:1-3) of his leprosy even though he was a foreigner and therefore an enemy.  Our Lord’s examples anger His listeners and they drive Him from their town.

Sisters and brothers, if God has no favorites, then He has no favorites within us.  In other words, if we spread out the canvas of our life, that is, the good, the bad and the ugly before Him, He would have total acceptance for each area.   Our Heavenly Father knows us through and through and all He asks is that we stand honestly and humbly before Him.  Humility has had bad “press” because it can be interpreted as meaning that we are weak and will not stand up for ourselves.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We are ALL GOOD because “God does not make junk!”  Humility is nothing more than accepting things exactly as they are.  Humility is truth and the truth will always set us free.  The best way to  practice this “truth” during your Lenten journey is through the sacrament of reconciliation.  Now that’s real freedom!

Question of the Day:  Will you come humbly to our Lord Jesus through the sacrament of reconciliation?

Prayer:  God of mercy and love, unite Your Church with Your Holy Spirit that we may serve you with all our strength and work together with humble hearts.  Amen.




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