Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

May 2, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (296-373) Patron Saint of Alexandria

Acts of the Apostles 9:31-42

Psalm116

John 6:60-69

 

Did you happen to notice that there were several challenges for each of today’s readings?

Psalm 116 tells us, “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?”  To be grateful we must first be aware of all that God has done for us.  I suspect that, on occasion, it is easier for us to be moved by the tribulations more than the joys, to feel the hurts more than the helps, to miss what we don’t have rather than be satisfied in what we do have.  Sound familiar to anyone?  Our goal, on one level, is our need to strive for genuine awareness of the nature of our gifts before we can address this challenge from today’s Psalm.

The second challenge is then obvious.  How do I show my gratitude to God for all that I have received?   The verses chosen for today hint at that (and could well have been a prayer that Jesus made.)  “The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.”  Here the Psalmist relates that he raised his voice to God in supplication that death encompassed him that God saved him and returned his soul to tranquility.  This is fundamental gratitude – God has saved us from eternal death.  There is a life that follows death, and our souls will be tranquil in that time.

The third challenge from today’s readings is in the Gospel of Saint John.  Jesus has spoken frankly about who He is in the verses preceding the Gospel, “Your words, Lord are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.”  As a result, many of His disciples left and returned to their former ways.  What did Jesus say? He stated that the way to salvation is through Him.  And, as result, many of the people who had followed Him, heard Him, and had seen Him perform many miracles, could not accept this challenge of faith.  They lost their belief in His divinity and His salvific mission. 

Our three challenges are; to be aware of the great gift of salvation from God, to accept God’s call to sacrifice in gratitude for that gift, and to have faith that following Jesus is the way to take up the cup of salvation. 

Question of the Day:  How will you be more aware and receptive to have a stronger faith, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Prayer:  Jesus, My Lord and my God, I trust in You.  Let me humbly and devoutly submit myself to Your holy will.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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