Saturday After Epiphany
Malvern Minute


Saturday After Epiphany

January 11, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Letter of Saint John 5:14-21

Psalm 149

John 3:22-30

You may recall that there are parts of the Gospel that describe Jesus’ disciples as being envious of one another.  They quarreled about “who was the first” among them.  In today’s Gospel narrative John the Baptist has a different point of view.  John made a name for himself as “the Baptist.”   When it is reported to him that Jesus was also baptizing he does not get angry or jealous.  He does not feel that Jesus is upstaging  him.  John was not ambitious or seeking recognition or power.  He realized that his ministry was not a popularity contest.  Rather, his reaction was that of great happiness.  His response was, “This joy of mine has been made complete.”  He even encourages his own disciples to follow Jesus by pointing to Him as the Lamb of God.  John has shown his deep humility when he says, “He must increase; I must decrease.”

After carefully studying this Gospel passage we need to ask ourselves if we are happy that others may be more successful or more accomplished that we are.  If so, do we show our love and support for them.  Or do we envy them and try to ignore or downplay their success.    

I once read of an unknown author/speaker/motivator who said, “Learning to be number one is to learn how to be successful in its truest way, that is, learning how to fly high but knowing how and where to land.” 

Friends, as followers of Christ our goal should be to make Christ known to all.  We must always understand that He is Number One in all of our lives and always will be.   

Question of the Day:  Can you display the virtue of humility and decrease while another may increase?

Prayer:  “Whatever is done for the love of God remains and bears fruit for all eternity, even if it goes unrecognized in this world.  (Minute Meditations for Each Day – Rev. Bede Naegele, OCD)



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