Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 2, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Book of Amos 7:10-17

Psalm 19

Matthew 9:1-8

 

I am the father of two beautiful daughters.  My “little girls” are no longer little; they are 47 and 45 years of age.  Their Catholic faith has been strong throughout their lives and, as they raise their families, they and their husbands have ensured that their children have been brought up in the same Catholic tradition that they were raised in.  Praise God! 

Having said that, as a result of todays readings I am reminded of certain events from my daughters early childhood when, on occasion, I was emphatically told, “Dad, your mean, I don’t like you anymore!”  Sound familiar?  Well, when a child is told to go to bed, or eat their vegetables or that it was time to leave the playground that was the reaction you may get.  My response was in my best parenting voice, “Honey, daddy seems to be mean, but I love you and want what is best for you.”  Then you receive the quizzical look that only a 3 or 4 year old can give.

 Today’s readings remind me, and hopefully you, of parenting our children.  God seems to be very harsh in the first reading.  Like a parent, God seems to be disciplining Israel.  The people of Israel have strayed away from God.  Not unlike a child, they appear to know what is best for their own lives.  I wonder if we are all a bit like that.  Have you ever reacted to a bad event in your life by saying, “God, you are mean Father, why are you allowing this negative episode to happen?”  During these frustrations that we experience we must realize that we have strayed away from God and are pursuing our own desires.

What seems to help in these situations is to listen and act on God’s Words.  That means releasing control and trusting that there is a higher power who loves us and is looking out for our best interests.  Just as a child wakes from a nap with renewed energy and life for the day, we too find renewed life following and acting upon the Holy Words of God.  With God, we no longer are paralyzed from self-concern, but find the strength to pick up our lives and walk in God’s love.

Question of the Day:  Do you truly believe that God the Father is a parent who loves us without end, who is involved in our lives, and who wants to guide us to what is best?

Prayer:  “The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.”  Amen.

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

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