Thursday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

June 4, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Psalm 25

Mark 12:28-34


Have you ever noticed how sportscasters throw around the “superlatives?”  During a game they might rave about a quarterback being “the greatest.”  Perrhaps two weeks later he/she reports that another quarterback is the “greatest.”  By the end of the season, the sportscaster had determined at least twelve or fifteen quarterback are the greatest.  How is that possible?

 It seems that the scribe in our Gospel narrative is caught up in a similar dispute concerning the first or greatest commandment.  So he asks Jesus for His opinion.  For our Lord, the answer is simple.  It’s right there in the Bible.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  And for good measure He adds the second, which is, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

This is what Jesus had been teaching all along.  It is also why so many of His adversaries have been attacking Him.  They believed and taught the keeping infinite details of the Mosaic Law was most important.

In Saint Paul’s Letter to Timothy, he charges his listeners before God to stop disputing about words because it serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen. 

Paul’s reasoning explains why Jesus commends the scribe by telling him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” The scribe stayed with the Sacred Scriptures.

Friends, this is a great reminder not to get caught up in our speculative answers.  Nor should we get overly attached to our own acceptable interpretations of scripture.  Rather, we are charged to keep refining our expressions through the study of Sacred Scripture and prayer.  Bit by bit we get to know the Lord more intimately, love Him more ardently and follow Him more closely.  After all, we all know who the “greatest” really is, don’t we?  

Question of the Day:  Do you believe in God?  Please recite the Apostles Creed.

Prayer:  “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are god my savior.”  (Psalm 25)

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



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