Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

August 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Bernard. Abbot (1090-+1153) Patron Saint of the Alps

Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 36:23-28

Psalm 51

Matthew 22:1-4


Growing up in a big city like Brooklyn, New York, pre-teenage boys could not help but get into a “little harmless mischief” every once in a while.  A fun thing for me and some of my friends was to write “WASH ME” on dirty cars and trucks.  As I mentioned, harmless fun.  The only problem was that your finger and/or hands and clothing wound up very dirty.  Eventually we would all go home for lunch or dinner and there was mom, ready for inspection.   I couldn’t get past my mom without getting a scrub down and most probably had to change into a new “wedding garment” in order to get ready for school which was still fourteen hours away.  Frankly, I never objected.

The readings of the day speak about preparation but more importantly about the change that preparation brings.  God takes the chosen people from the midst of other nations not because of who they are but because they are willing to come.  He chose them in the first place because they are willing to accept God’s law and to become a holy people.


In the Gospel narrative the master chooses wedding guests who turn down the invitation so the master chooses more.  One guest is not able to transform himself into a guest by wearing the proper clothing.  Out he goes into the darkness – a place I would have been relegate too had I not removed the layers of dirt from my “harmless mischief” escapades. 

The changes proposed in the readings are simple: sprinkle with water, say yes and change into different clothing.

Today’s readings ask us to begin again our transformation back into God’s Holy people.  We can accomplish this in a variety of ways.  A change of clothes could actually mean a change in attitude (please re-read yesterday’s reflection,) an apology to a loved one or friend, a bath in order to remember our Baptismal bath, or any other change which makes you holy in the eye’s of God.

Friends, it is in the transformation that we come closer to God, a God who calls us as we are and calls us for who we are, and a God who invites us to small and gentle transformations promising to continue our journey to eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

Question of the Day:  How will you transform your life in order to accept the invitation of the “Master?”

Prayer:  “I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins.”  Amen.  (Ezekiel 36:25.)

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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