Saturday of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 18, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Camillus De Lellis (1550-+1614) – Patron of the sick, hospitals, doctors and nurses

Book of the Prophet Micah 2:1-5

Psalm 10

Matthew 12:14-21


I once read that it was Teresa of Avila (1515-+1582) who once told the Lord, “You would have a lot more friends if you treated them better.”   I believe the spirit of “ingenuity, intimacy, and humor that lies behind her words (because she certainly was aware of how well God does treat us) was one of the most attractive things about this wonderful, spiritually enriched saintly woman. 

The fact remains, however, that God does let difficult and sometimes even very painful things happen to those He loves, that is, those who put their trust in Him.  In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus points to how much He Himself will have to suffer by invoking one of the so-called “Suffering Servant” songs from Isaiah, even if its not the most explicit one. 

How God can allow such things as calumny (slander,) poverty, pain, rejection, torture, and even death to happen to those who serve Him is a mystery that deserves our reflection and especially our prayer.   However, the fundamental answer is that we must learn to put our hope and trust in God.  If we loved God only when He made things perfect for us we would remain superficial, our faith a “seed” that had shallow roots, and we would remain nothing more than childish people.

But there is good news; God is treating us like adults, calling us to the higher things and inviting us, like Peter, to have the faith to walk on water even in stormy dark seas.  He is inviting us to put our hope in Him completely and to follow His Son along the difficult path and through the narrow gate, the way of the cross. 

Question of the Day:  Are you willing to put aside what is only temporary pain and rejection by a world that is passing away and place yourself peacefully and joyfully in the hands of our loving God, our Father, just as Jesus did?

Prayer:  Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!  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 county and in our world.


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