Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 6:10-20

Psalm 144:1b, 2, 9-10

Luke 13:31-35


            In the course of any given day, even more so as we struggle through our countries most recent unprecedented circumstances, we do battle with many interior thoughts and feelings that, well, invade our hearts.  As we sort them out we become aware that at least some are not inspired by God nor do they lead us to God.  Of course, this is not a good thing.  So then, what do we do with them?

            Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians gives some practical advice.  Using the image of a soldier dressed for battle, the Letter advises us, “in all circumstances hold faith as a shield.”  This image suggests that faith, when “held up,” can protect us against assaults from those unhelpful and unholy inspirations and temptations.  Often we think of faith as something we either have or don’t have.  But Paul pushes us to understand faith as something not just passively possessed, but something actively exercised.  The image of holding up a shield implies actively “using” faith to “go up against” the interior thoughts and feelings that we know lead us away from God.

            How then might we use faith as a shield?  When confronted by feeling of fear and thoughts of “Wow, I think I’m in over my head,” we might simply say internally, “Jesus, I trust in You!”  When dealing with feelings of aloneness and thoughts of, “No one understands what I am going through” we might try to recall a scripture passage such as, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.”  Finally, we may simply pray, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” 

            Friends, God’s Holy Word challenges us today, “In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield.”

Question of the Day:  How will you let the Lord be your rock and your fortress?

Prayer:  Please read Psalm 144 – twice.



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