Saturday of the First Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the First Week of Lent

February 27, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Book of Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

Matthew 5:43-48


            The Christian message is, in contemporary terms, counter-cultural.  Jesus’ command, namely to love your enemies and pray for your persecutors, flies in the face of the world we live in.  Our Lord proclaims that if we are to be children of God, we need to go the extra mile.  In terms of current language, we need to push the envelope out of our comfort zone.  It is pretty easy to love our family and those closest to us.  The challenge is extending those same kindnesses to those who could/would show us ill will.  I once heard that when you are meeting with someone that upsets you or with whom you are uncomfortable, the secret is to pray to her/his patron saint.  When you think about it makes perfect sense.  Many would pray to their own patron saint or guardian angel or to Mary that she intercedes that we be granted the grace of coping with the situation.  Perhaps by praying to their patron saint, we are extending love to them.  At the very least, it forces us to take a step back and see them in a different light.

            I believe the bottom line is clear; we are all loved and blessed by God.  Our rewards are abundant and our challenge is straightforward; we are to love in the same way we are loved – without judgement and without expectation of being loved in return.  No one ever said relationships were going to be easy – the promise is that we are not alone! 

Question of the Day:  How will you become ready to accept the changes in our current society that brings happiness to the lives of everyone you meet?

Prayer:  “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect, says the Lord.”  Mt. 5:48


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