Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 1, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Alphonsus Liquori, (1696-+1787), Patron Saint of Lawyers and Confessors

Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24

Psalm 69

Matthew 4:1-2


Many of you who have read my daily reflections over the past year know of my admiration and love for John the Baptist.  I believe he would not mind one bit if I reflect on the powerful words we have today from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah was willing to die fordoing what the Lord asked of him.  That’s the situation that this great Old Testament prophet found himself in our first reading.  Guided by the Lord God, Jeremiah  publicly spoke out against the city and the priests and prophets are asking that he be put to death.  How often do we have the courage to speak up in public when we see something taking place that is not right.  A difficult task indeed.

When the Lord tells us that what we are witnessing is wrong and must be corrected, we often feel that it’s not our place to speak on God’s behalf.  We may feel that someone or something will come along and take care of things.  There are times when we are compelled to speak up and instead of acting or doing we stay silent fearful that we will be chastised for saying something that just might get us into trouble.  Today we learn that Jeremiah left his comfort zone and acted.  He was even willing to be put to death for his actions.

Sisters and brothers, we should all have the courage of Jeremiah to be the voice of the Lord and to cultivate in ourselves a desire to stand up for what’s right, even if there might be consequences fordoing so.  

Question of the Day:  How will you “cry out” when you hear God’s truth?

Prayer:  “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.  Amen.”  (Matthew 5:10.)

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


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