Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

May 28, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 22:30; 23:6-11

Psalm 16

John 17:20-26


Today’s readings speak about God’s protection.  In Acts, Paul is being assured by the Lord that he must keep up his courage for further trials.  The Psalmist speaks to the safe refuge found in God’s love.  In John’s Gospel Jesus prays that His disciples and all believers may stay close to God.  The theme that jumps off these sacred pages is an intimate conversation about God’s protection

Don’t you just love these chapters in John’s Gospel?  No longer is Jesus speaking in parables or saying things that are difficult to understand.  He is now speaking plainly to His disciples.  He reveals that His mission is to bring all people into a clearer understanding and closer connection to God.  So where then is the protection according to John’s Gospel?  Protection is found by being one with Jesus as Jesus is one with God.  Again our Lord presents Himself as “The Way.”  He is the Way to God, to the Kingdom, and to spreading the Good News of God’s perfect love throughout the world. 

Sisters and brothers, how then does all of this relate to our lives?  Simply put, God wants us to be the intimate other, the beloved, just as a child runs into the arms of a parent.  In theory it sounds wonderful to totally rely on God, but when the weight of the world is suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many question their faith and how God is actually “protecting” us.  It will be a test of faith to trust that God will create goodness and love out of a painful situation.  These potentially faith-filled situations are a perfect time to have an intimate conversation with God to stay close to the loving providence that Jesus so intimately speaks about.  God’s love will make a difference in our lives and in whatever difficult situations we encounter.  The outcome may still be hurtful or unjust, but through our intimate conversations with God we will experience God’s endless love that will sustain us through troubled times. 

Question of the Day:  How will you place yourself in the protective love of Jesus?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, protect me against all that is evil.  Bless me so that I may serve You always with ardent zeal and so grow ever closer to You.  Amen.

Please continue to pray6 for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.



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