Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 31, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Romans 8:31b-39

Psalm 109

Luke 13:31-35

In today’s Gospel the Pharisees warn Jesus to flee from the wrath and destruction of King Herod.  But he, instead, warns them about spiritual disaster and how to avert it.  Jesus went so far as to call Herod a “fox.”  It is because the fox was regarded as the slyest of all animals and the most destructive as well.  The fox was also a symbol of a worthless and insignificant individual.

Since our Lord is speaking about “spiritual destruction” and how to aver it, here is a brief summary of the main principals in our struggle for spiritual salvation: 

  • We must know our enemy: some of our most dangerous enemies we carry within are laziness, fear of discomfort, pride and even oversensitivity to what others think of us. Jesus advises us to watch and pray against temptation and pray to God to “deliver us from the Evil One.”
  • We must keep ourselves in the love of God: never be afraid of Satan’s power because we walk in the light of Christ and keep ourselves in His love.
  • We must be filled with the Holy Spirit: pride easily dominates our thinking. Therefore we need the gift of the Holy Spirit to equip ourselves against anything that is evil.
  • We must let our prayer life be consistent: let us pray to God at all times through Jesus Christ in the Spirit. We must come to Him, wait upon Him, renew our strength in Him, listen to Him and trust in Him.

Our Lord Jesus gives us a concrete example of praying for His persecutors and for those who rejects the prophets whom God had sent.  Jesus told His disciples that He will be with them forever.  We are His new disciples now and forever.

Question of the Day:  Do you pray for your enemies and for those who oppose the Gospel of Jesus? 

Prayer: Eternal God, You have boundless mercy and patience.  Infuse these sentiments into my heart that I may bear the fruits of mercy and peace.



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