Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 28, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Fest:  Saint Thomas Aquinas (1226-+1274) Priest and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Schools

Letter to the Hebrews 10:19-25

Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Mark 4:21-25


            When we think of January we think of New Year’s resolutions and our efforts for self-improvement.  Today’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews suggests a different spin as we focus on the New Year.  What if instead of focusing our energies on self-improvement, we focused on community improvement?  What if instead of focusing our energies on ourselves, we were to focus attention on encouraging and supporting others around us?

            How would it be if we reflect on people who have brought out the best in us?  How did they rouse us to love and good works?  Praise God for the work in your life today.  Consider sending a thank you note to at least one person who has encouraged you and helped you to be a more loving person.  Your thank you note may help that person see that his or her efforts were visible and did “brighten the room” so to speak.

            Are we meeting with others to encourage one another?  Are we praying for and working for the growth and development of others?  Warning about judging others and seeing a splinter in one’s eye when we have a beam in our own to remind us that this “rousing” must not be self-righteous.  Similarly, if our “rousing” is about self-giving love, then the improvement we desire for others cannot be just something to make our own lives a bit easier.  It needs to be encouragement truly in the best interest of helping that person be a self-giving, loving person.  How can we rouse one another to love and good works today?  Think about it.  Better yet, pray about it.

Question of the Day:  Will you please re-read Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 10:19-25?

Prayer:  Lord, let us encourage one another to love and to be a people that hold to our confession of hope and longing to see Your face.  Amen.


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