Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

April 30, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Pius V, Pope – (1504-1572) – Patron Saint of Malta

Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40

Psalm 66

John 6:44-51


God the Father continually draws us to Jesus through the Holy Spirt working in our hearts.  The very deepest yearning of our heart is for lasting communion with Jesus.  The more we allow the Spirt to convert us to Jesus, the more precious our faith becomes.  As a result, we are able to say that our faith in Jesus is the very greatest gift God has given us.

In today’s narrative from the Acts of the Apostles we learn how Philip experienced this gift.  This “gift” so overwhelmed him that he had to share it with others, and so with a full heart he shared the Good News about Jesus with the Ethiopian eunuch.  For Philip the Good News of the Gospel, the Good News about “being raised up on the last day” must be shared with everyone. 

Today we have the same mission of proclaiming Christ in our world, a world that has, in many ways, lost the sense of true faith.  We are called as Christians to be forthright in our witness to Jesus.  Parents must share this with their children as they keep their faith alive within their homes.  Parents can accomplish this task by keeping their own faith alive as they become their children’s “spiritual directors.”  If our faith is precious to us, it will become precious to them as well. 

During this Easter Season, let us catch the excitement of that very first Christian community and allow them to inspire us in sharing our faith as they shared theirs.

Question of the Day: How will your “gift of faith” overwhelm you so as to share it with your family and others?

Prayer:  Lord God of love, bring us back to you.  Send Your Spirit to make us strong in faith and active in good works.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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


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