Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 12, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director of Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saints Nereus, Achilleus, and Pancras – Martyrs – Patrons Against False Witness; Perjury; Fidelity to Oaths

Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28

Psalm 145

John 14:27-31a

 

It wasn’t easy for Paul and Barnabas as they spread the Good News of Jesus throughout the land.  After Paul was stoned and left for dead he could have had second thoughts about his vocation – but he continued on.

Paul and Barnabas did bring the Gospel too many people but they also brought them hope.  They brought them the hope of eternal life and the understanding that this life is transient and what is offered by Christ is everlasting.

I don’t think we can imagine what they faced day after day.  Not only were they risking their lives but they were probably cold, wet, foot sore from walking everywhere and hungry most of the time.  Both of these disciples lived a life of sacrifice and obedience.  They are great examples of why we try to emulate the saints, pray to them and ask for their intercession.

In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus’ message is the concept of “peace.”  Peace, a concept that all of us can embrace.  We all crave for world peace, the end of violence, the end of abortion, and lately the end to the Coronavirus pandemic.  However, Jesus was speaking of the gift of “inner peace.” 

Our Risen Lord reminds us that true peace will not come from worldly possessions or accomplishments.  Our inner peace can never be influenced by external reward.  When we move toward “inner peace” through our prayer life and the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist we can find ourselves truly listening to God and comprehending what He is saying to us.

Question of the Day:  How will you, as a new apostle of Christ, share His Good News and His offer of inner peace?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I come before You ready to pour out my worries, anxieties, and fears at Your feet.  I ask You for your blessings of inner peace and strength over my life.  Bring peace into my soul that passes all worldly understanding and make me a light for others to see Your strength and guidance.  Amen

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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