Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time – August 24, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Memorial Feast of St. Bartholomew

Revelation 21:9b-14

Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18

John 1:45-51

The readings for the day reinforce in me (and hopefully in you) the purpose of living and how I need to focus my life.  The end goal of the beatific vision comes through quite clearly.  Twelve days ago I celebrated my birthday.  Having retired from my secular profession over twenty-one years ago, and being a card carrying member of AARP for nearly a quarter century, I began to take time to reflect on my life both past and into the future.  I suspect that this behavior is a natural reaction many of us have as our lives move along.  Today’s readings are certainly timely in my life.  Looking toward the future I have concluded that I am on the right path and, most importantly, will yield good fruit if I continue to serve God as an ordained deacon, husband, father, grandfather and neighbor.

The Kingdom of God resonates throughout all three of our readings.  Over the years I have read commentaries on the book of Revelation.  Usually there seems to be an overemphasis on the apocalyptic portions of the Book.  That’s the reason I find today’s passage comforting.  I see in the passages as a clear picture of heaven.  The comfort to me is in the assurance of the Kingdom that is to come.

The Psalm reading reinforces this image as we are reminded of the Kingdom of God.  The call is for us to give thanks for His works, the assurance of His reign forever and the comfort that He is near to those who seek Him in truth. 

In John’s Gospel Jesus assures us of the Kingdom being open to those who believe.  We know by His words that this is possible. 

Friends, our readings today are filled with joyous hope and reassurance. As a result we can truthfully answer the question, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”  The answer is a resounding “YES!”

Question of the Day:  Do you believe that Jesus knows you from the foundation of the world?

Prayer:  May God draw our hearts to himself, that we may follow Him in everything and keep the commands, statutes, and ordinances which He enjoined on our fathers.  Amen (cf. 1 Kgs 8:58)



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