Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 16, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Book of the Prophet Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

Psalm 102

Matthew 11:28-30


Today we are quietly and peacefully reminded, that God will continue to ask us to turn to Him each moment of each day in order to turnover our daily burdens before they become too heavy.  The past three plus months have been such a time as we find ourselves being knocked down by the news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice issues within our country, religious persecution throughout the world, etc.  May we all open our hearts today and declare, as the prophet Isaiah, said, “Yes, for your way and judgements, O Lord, we look to you.”

Each time I sit down to write a reflection or a homily, I spend a good amount of time in God’s Holy Word.   I have always been amazed at how this process helps the readings become fresh and new.  Isaiah speaks of that feeling in today’s reading, in his beautifully poetic way with, “My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you.”  Our souls do yearn for this connection; because time spent with our Lord our deepest being finds peace and wholeness in the process. 

In the same way we listen to Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel.  “Come to me all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  With all that is occurring in our world we really need to remember this invitation.  We must listen to Jesus day or night and return to our souls resting place in prayer. 

Friends, today we must say thank You Lord, for the reminder of your open invitation to come and sit with You for a while each day.  Only then can we be part of the solution; the world needs us as faith and hope-filled people.

Question of the Day:  When God speaks to you, are you listening?

Prayer:  Lord, let the motherly prayer of the glorious Virgin Mary come to our help.  Through her support help us to reach the true mount which is Christ.  Amen.  (Lives of the Saints – Illustrated.)

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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