Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 8, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Dominic, Priest (1170-+1221) Founder of the Dominican Order and Patron Saint of Astronomers

Book of the Prophet Habakkuk 1:12-2:4

Psalm 9:8-13

Matthew 17:14-20

 

Our readings today speak to us of faith in God and God’s timing, which is always right, but is very hard for most of us to accept because we always want things our way on our time. 

Habakkuk speaks about our misplaced gratitude.  When we are on top of our game we are thankful to ourselves and for our “stuff,” the possessions that have made us successful, not to God who is the true provider.  But when we are hurting God is to blame.  When we ask for help or an answer to our distress, God assures Habakkuk and us that the answer always comes and it always comes at the right time AND it never disappoints.  It is what it should be.  Always!   Is our faith strong enough to believe that?  Friends, this takes patience and it takes trust.

I believe “patience” is another word (such as love, hope and faith) that the world has devalued by giving it other less meaningful definitions.  The biblical view of patience, as we see in Habakkuk, is one of absolute confidence in the sovereignty of God and God’s promise to bring all things to completion at the right time. 

Patience is a Fruit of the Holy Spirt.  Fruits are part of the plant that feeds and disperses seed.  Patience as the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is love for the long haul.

Faith is also a gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is given to us at our Baptism and renewed each time we receive any of the Sacraments of our faith.  Jesus tells us today that faith the size of the mustard seed can move mountains.  Yet we doubt, we do not trust in God’s love, in God’s promises, in God’s timing, in God’s ability to accomplish the highest good in any given situation.

When we willingly give God our trust, God’s Spirit of power can move through us into the world and God’s Spirit of love can be realized through our actions.  Nothing will be impossible for us, we can even move mountains.

Question of the Day:  How will you allow turning your “mustard seed” of faith into a faith capable of moving your “personal mountains” and resolve to do the best you can with what God has given you?

Prayer:  “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.  And kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And you will renew the face of the earth.  Amen.”   

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.

Prosit

 

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