Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 7, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Romans 14:7-12

Psalm 27

Luke 15:1-10

One of my seminary professors related to our class that today’s readings pertain directly to a core aspect of Ignatian spirituality, which is, “Finding God in All Things.”  Now finding God in all things seems straight forward enough, but this concept is often difficult to comprehend on a practical level.  All people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and so on, are God’s children, and equal in the eyes of the Lord.  In essence if one truly sees the wonder of God in the creation of all living things then it stands to reason that all things possess equal value and should be treated equally. 

The two parables in our Gospel reading reflect the mystery of God in a very unique way.  On first read it seems almost silly that anyone would express overwhelming joy upon finding a single lost sheep when ninety-nine others behaved, well, the way sheep are supposed to behave; they stayed put!  Or finding one lost coin when nine others remained in plain sight.

But these parables are classic to Christ’s approach of explaining the path to eternal happiness through stories of simplicity yet with a touch of mystery.  God’s love, although well beyond human comprehension, is somewhat similar to a parent’s love for their own children.   If even one child is in need what parent in their right mind would not come to their aid?

A second lesson worth extracting from today’s readings is a focus on the so-called tribulations of concerning ourselves with the affairs of others.  In Paul’s Letter to the Romans it is quite clear that we are to live not for ourselves, but for the glory of God and therefore should not expend valuable time and energy in constant judgment of others…which is a task that is much easier said than done.  “Boy, he’s such a yenta!”  I can’t tell you how many times I heard that expression growing up in my Brooklyn, New York Italian/Jewish neighborhood.

So what can we do?  We should pray that we do our best not to judge the actions of others but rather focus on glorifying God knowing that  in the end we all must face the realities of the only judgement that will  last an eternity.  May we live our lives in the service to others as an expression of our love and in obedience to God.

Question of the Day:  Are you prepared to aid others in their need and not be judgmental as to who they are?

Prayer:  May I see others through your eyes and be able to “Find God in All Things.” 



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