Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 26, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs, (born c. 3rd. Century – +c.283) Mentioned in the Roman Canon; Patrons of Surgeons, Physicians, Dentists, Protectors of Children.


Book of Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8

Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17

Luke 9:43-45


            Sisters and brothers, there are three phrases from today’s readings that are linked together and worthy to reflect upon.  We hear in Ecclesiastes, “Rejoice, O young man, while you are young” is the admonition from the reading.  In Psalm 90 we are told, Tech us to number our day’s aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.”  Finally, in our Gospel narrative, Saint Luke writes, “They failed, however, to understand this warning.”

            Now for the link.  For us, the common bond is that we most times fail to read the signs.  We therefore are unaware of what is happening to us and around us.  The young fail to let their hearts be glad in the days of their youth; we fail to learn as God teaches us to number our days aright (correctly 😉 and the apostles didn’t have a clue and failed to understand what Jesus was telling them about His destiny.  How then do we apply the meaning of the three links?

            First, we need to let go to understand.  We need to be glad in our youth before the “evil days” of age come to cloud our lives.  We need to listen and to trust and to understand God’s message by being aware, by being in the moment but by avoiding being attached to the moment.  Finally, to pray unceasingly for strength and guidance from the greatest teacher the world will ever know; our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Question of the Day:  How will you recognize all that is happening around you in order to make decisions in your life that would allow Jesus Himself to smile?

Prayer:  Lord God, open our hearts to the joy of the moment.  Grant us the wisdom to let go, to detach, and not to hold.  Help us to understand your truth in all we do.  Amen.


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