Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 11, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Fest:  Saint Benedict, Abbot (c.480-+543) – Patron Saint of Poison Sufferers

Book of the Prophet Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 93

Matthew 10:24-33


One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is “Fear of the Lord.”  But this “fear” has nothing to do with fear in the ordinary sense of the word.  This “Fear of the Lord” or “Godly fear” is rather a feeling of awe and reverence for the One who made us in love and who sustains us in mercy and kindness.  A healthy fear of God, as it has been defined, leads us to spiritual maturity, wisdom and right judgment and it frees us from the tyranny of sinful pride and of cowardice, especially in the face of evil and spiritual deception.  Above all this fear of God is the antidote to the fear of losing one’s “life.”

In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus tells His disciples not to be afraid.  In fact, he repeats Himself three times.  Fear is a powerful force.  It can lead us to panic and flight or it can spur us to faith, action and becoming a fortnight witness. 

Clearly Jesus intends His followers to be forthright in witnessing to their belief in Him and in His heavenly Father, just as He was forthright.  Jesus, and we as His followers, are called to be lights in the darkness.

Today’s readings leave us with challenging questions.  To whom is the Lord sending us to witness?  Are we willing to overcome our resistances, trust God’s perfect Grace and respond to our individual call to witness to Gospel truths in our homes, work places and community?  Think about it.  Better yet, pray about it.  Your conclusion may surprise you. 

Question of the Day:  How will you respond to God’s call to be His witness on earth?

Prayer:  “God, You established Saint Benedict the Abbot as an admirable teacher in the school of Divine servitude.  Teach us never to prefer anything to Your love and always to run the way of Your Commandments with most generous disposition s.  Amen.  (Lives of the Saints – Illustrated) 

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.


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