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

 

Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 12, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Joel 4:12-21

Psalm 97

Luke 11:27-28

Today’s Gospel narrative is short (only forty-four words) so short we almost fail to hear the depth of the call being issued.  In this passage, we see a woman so overwhelmed by the glorious words and actions of Jesus, that she personalizes her glorification.  As a woman, she would have been proud to bear and nurture Him as her own.  She is in awe of Him.

Jesus responded not by “rebuking” her but by rejecting her emphasis on Him, that is, on Him as a hero.  Instead, He calls her to the essence of His message, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.”   We hear our Lord saying , “Don’t get caught up in worshipping me, that is not the key.”  The key then is listening, hearing, and acting according to God’s call.

Sisters and brothers, it is increasingly difficult to hear God’s call in a world that is just so noisy.  Should we not take a few minutes every day for time with Jesus?  Should we not include our family as well?  All it takes is a small change in our daily routine for the opportunity to, hear and act on God’s call.

Question of the Day: What does it mean to you that Jesus is calling you to hear and keep God’s word?

Prayer: Lord God, create in me a new heart, a new spirit, and a new understanding.  Let me rejoice in Your Holy Word ever day of my life.

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