Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

April 29, 2021
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Memorial Feast: Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
(1347-+1380) Patron Saint against Fire and Bodily Ills
Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25
Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27
John 13:16-20

In today’s reading from Acts, Luke shows the way Saint Paul accomplished
his missionary work. Upon arriving in a new town, his method was first to go to
one of the local synagogues and bring the Gospel message to the folks who, by
heritage, were most entitled to it, his fellow Jews. After the readings of that
Sabbath from the scrolls of the Law and the prophets, the leader would ask if the
visitor had any message for the congregation. “Did he ever!” As Luke explains it
regarding Paul’s visit to this synagogue in the town of Antioch in Pisidia, Paul got
up and presented a thumb-nail summary of the history of the people of Israel. He
ended his presentation with the surprise ending that the whole thing had been
climaxed by the life, death, and resurrection of a carpenter from Nazareth; Jesus.
This, of course, was a turn of events that no one had expected. There were plenty
of expectations about a future anointed servant of God, but none that matched
the kind of Messiah that Jesus turned out to be.
The words that we hear in the today’s Gospel of Saint John express an
important aspect of that surprise climax of God’s victory story with Israel. What
Jesus is all about is summarized in the simple and stunning gesture of the Master
washing His disciple’s feet.
The history of Israel climaxes with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The consequences are obvious and challenging. Our life as Christians is to be

summarized in our own acts of service as well. Whatever we do, as parents,
teachers, godparents, co-workers, neighbors, and so forth, is meant to be a way
of serving. Jesus came to serve and not be served and so should we.
Question of the Day: Will you be as “fearless” as Paul in proclaiming the Good

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