Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time

July 30, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.380-+450) – Patron Saint of Authors and Publishers

Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 18:1-6

Psalm 146

Matthew 13:47-53


What does Jesus mean when He implies to His disciples that we should be, “Like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old?”  Even though He is talking to His disciples and speaks of any “scribe” who is learned in the kingdom of heaven, it is to all of us that He addresses these Words.

We are (or should at least wish to be) those disciples, those who seek to become experts in the ways of the Lord, and we try to be faithful to what He said in bringing fort all that we have learned and stored up.

Friends, our experiences of life is moving forward, always adapting and growing.  Just consider the changes we have all had to make over the past four months as we adapt to a “new normal” known as COVID-19.  We adapt and grow as the young Jesus did after He returned to Nazareth with His parents learning the trade of a carpenter.   And, as He did, so we need to grow not only in age but in grace and wisdom, and that means something new.

The point I am trying to make is that we are not faithful if we do not work to make God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) live today by keeping their Word and life refreshed in our understanding and application by our prayer life, our time talent and treasures for those in need and by and putting all our God given gifts to good use. 

Only if we bear the old in our hearts and ponder it as our Blessed Mother did can we cooperate with the Spirit as it tries to become incarnate in our hearts and in our world.    Only if we are faithful to the old can we bring forth the new that is God’s living and active presence in our lives.

Question of the Day:  How will you bring the teachings of Christ to the world?

Prayer:  “It was not you who chose me, says the Lord, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”  (John 15:16)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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