Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

April 2, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507) Patron Saint of Mariners and Naval Officers

Book of Genesis 17:3-9

Psalm 105

John 8:51-59


Have you ever heard of Cassius Clay?  How about Mohammad Ali?  If you haven’t they are one in the same man.  In the 1960’s and 1970’s he was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.  Every time he won a fight he would proclaim to the world that he was “The Greatest!”

Being great at what you do is important.  For our youngsters being great in school, or being great at home, or being great in their favorite sports activity is important.  Later in life we may become great in our professions, or being a great wife or husband, or being a great mom or dad. 

In today’s first reading from the Book of Genesis we heard about Abram, who later became Abraham, our father in faith.  He is the first of the biblical patriarch followed by Isaac and Jacob.  God made a covenant with Abraham that would protect the Jewish people and promised that they would become “great.”  However, they would have to go though many trials over the centuries.  If we remain faithful to this same covenant with God we too will live as a people who continue to receive God’s unconditional blessings because, “The Lord remembers His covenant forever.” 

Our goal in life is what Jesus begins to explain in today’s Gospel narrative.  He explains that if we maintain our faith we will all gain eternal life.  He said, “Whoever keeps my Word will never taste death.”  Just how do we accomplish this?  We must give glory to God every day of our lives.  It’s easy to be reminded that throughout our life on earth we see the beauty of God in every person and in every thing.

God’s love and wisdom and guidance are with us in everything we do, and see, and touch.  Jesus said, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing.”  It is our goal in life to become the “Greatest” person that we can be so that one day we too can enjoy eternal life with Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

Question of the Day: Will you be a servant of the Lord as Jesus taught us?

Prayer:  God, our Father, teach us how to live in your service.  Grant that by preferring your love to everything else, we may walk in the way of your commandments.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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