Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 9, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast:  Saint Veronica Giuliani, Virgin (1660-+1727) – Patron Saint of Photographers

Book of the Prophet Hosea 11:1-4, 8c-9

Psalm 80

Matthew 10:7-15


“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.  Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.  Do not take gold or silver or copper, no sack for the journey.”

In a way I actually hesitate to offer a reflection on today’s Gospel narrative.  I absolutely love this passage, and I would hate to clutter it up with needless complications.

What sort of teacher/leader will you follow?  Good leaders don’t wrap things in mystery.  I love our Lord’s clarity, confidence and common sense.  The missioning described here is simple and direct.  He trusts the good judgement of His people.  He trusts His own wisdom.  He shows no need to be in constant control.  He simply wants the job to be accomplished.  He is clear about the task ahead and advises how to steer around distractions and difficulties. 

Personally, when I prepare for a difficult task I have a clear plan to follow and I am stripped down with just the necessities to get the job done.  That is with “no gold or silver or copper or sack for the journey.”

I am certain that none of us will ever be called to raise the dead or cleanse lepers.  So what then is our mission?  Is it a kind word?  Is it a sincere offer of support to one in need?  Is it a genuine expression of gratitude?  What ever it may be we can accomplish anything put before us with the help of Jesus.  The extras, the distractions that we need to leave behind include destructive anger, resentments, pride and jealousy.

Thank you Lord.  I’m ready to go.

Question of the Day:  How will you be a teacher and leader that focuses on those who are in need?

Prayer:  Send me, Lord.  Send me to stay where there is need.  How can I love and heal and confront and give life in Your name.  Let me go to whom You send me and act in Your Holy Name.  Amen.

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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