Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute



September 24, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Book of Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17

Luke 9:7-9


Today’s gospel narrative is one of the shortest passages that we read during the liturgical year.  There are only three verses which are about the rumors and gossip about Jesus that made King Herod “greatly perplexed.”  I believe the last sentence of the narrative can lead us to the message of the good news that we are all looking for, “And he kept trying to see him.”

Another known scripture personality who tried to see Jesus was Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector of Jericho.  Is it possible Zacchaeus had heard that Jesus befriended a fellow tax collector by the name of Matthew and he too wanted to amend his life and make his way back to God?  We all know the outcome of their meeting.  Zacchaeus underwent a deep conversion and indeed found his way back to God.

On the other hand, Herod wanted to see Jesus more out of curiosity than anything else.  He wasn’t interested in seeing whether our Lord was truly a prophet, perhaps even the promised Messiah.  Herod made no attempt to change from a life of sin to a life of conversion and discipleship.  He wanted to watch Jesus preform the “magic tricks” He was famous for, nothing else. 

For our part, what is our interest in Jesus?   Is it shallow and merely a curiosity or out of true faith in Him and His wonderful promises?  Is it because in our hearts, minds and souls we believe Jesus is our Risen Lord in heaven, truly transformed in the Holy Eucharist and the Gospels?  We would never ask what Herod asked, “Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” 

Someone once said, “As we live our daily lives, we meet different kinds of people, the bored, the indifferent and the hopeful.  As Christians, it is our task to introduce Christ to all of them and help them to enjoy the peace of the Truth of Christ.  In order to do this, we must know Christ very well, ourselves.  Let us enrich ourselves with the knowledge of God so that we may also tell others of Him.

Question of the Day:  Your question of the day has three parts:  Why and how and when does God take delight in you?  What is it about you that God loves?  What do you do that makes God laugh?

Prayer:  “I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  Amen


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