Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 8, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537) – Patron Saint of Orphans and Abandoned Children

1 Kings 3:4-13

Psalm 199:9-14

Mark 6:30-34

The word for today is “listening.”  Solomon went to Gibeon (a town in ancient Palestine northwest of Jerusalem.)  Jesus, along with His Apostles, went away to “a deserted place” to rest and to pray.  The goal of the journeying was reflection.  Solomon wished to know how he could rule with wisdom.  The Apostles were seeking an opportunity to reflect upon what had happened recently in their individual ministry.  I find this parallel extremely instructive.  Time and distance are often needed if we are going to be effective servants.  God wants to have an opportunity to present to us a “come away for a while” as a standing invitation.

However, as we reflect on both of today’s readings, things don’t always work out.  Jesus and the Apostles ran into complexity.  Rather than finding an opportunity to rest, they are confronted with a needy crowd of people, and they rightly respond to their needs.  The requirements of a Christian life often interrupt our need for rest and renewal.  I call it the “Good Samaritan Rule.”

Yet, I believe when the needs quiet and when the “crowd” grows silent; the invitation to “go away and take some time” remains.  Without this we will eventually lose our way.  We may even forget why we are doing what we set out to do.  Without time for prayer and renewal we will not be able to live into the depths of today’s psalm prayer, “Lord, teach me your statutes.”

Friends, no one is too busy.  You may even consider going on a retreat.  You may even consider the Malvern Retreat House.  Our motto is “Rest, Reflect, and Rejoice.”  All are welcome!

Question of the Day:  Are you willing to take the time to break away from your busy life in order to enjoy peaceful quality time with Jesus?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, strengthen my faith.  Make me willing and obedient in fulfilling Your will, even when it is difficult for me.



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