Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

August 22, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial:  The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 43:1-7ab

Psalm 85

Matthew 23:1-2

 

Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In 1954 Pope Pius XII established this feast.  This feast day is set on the octave of the Feast of the Assumption, where we celebrate Jesus Mother being assumed into Heaven. 

One of my long-time friends told me a story about his grandmother who was an immigrant from Italy (just like mine.)  Apparently she never gave compliments to anyone saying that her loved ones didn’t need to be getting a “big head.”  I thought that her attitude might sound a bit harsh, but I was told that it wasn’t from a lack of love or awareness of her family’s accomplishments.  Perhaps she simply felt that she could help her family best by teaching them humility.

In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus is less blunt about the subject of humility, but His message is a caution about living our lives in truth.  He wants us to understand about the self-important Pharisees who preached one message, but lived another.  The message they spoke was a good one, but was lost in the reality of how they lived their own lives.  Places of honor at banquets, showy prayer shawls and public privileges all contributed to their smugness and lack of compassion for those they taught.  They were known to dictate a heavy burden of complex rules and guidelines in honoring God, however the Pharisees themselves didn’t bother to follow them.  It might have gotten lost in their act of always being the center of attention. 

Friends, it’s not wrong having a place of honor or being blessed with certain privileges, but those things can fil our heads with a confused set of values which lead us away from today’s  message from Jesus.  Serving our sisters and brothers is more important than anything else we do because it’s what Jesus asks us to do and how He asks us to live our lives.

Question of the Day:  Can you hear the words of Jesus, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” 

Prayer:  O Mary we sit in awe, Jesus’ Mother, our Mother, Queen of Heaven forever.  Amen.

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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