Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Times
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Times

July 7, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Hosea 8:4-7. 11-13


Matthew 9:32-38


“At the sight of the crowds, His heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” 

In today’s Gospel narrative our Lord sees that the people are confused and need spiritual guidance.  They are like sheep without a shepherd.  They do not know which direction to go.  A bit earlier in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus has performed a miracle by driving a demon from a man and healing him.  By doing this the Pharisees accuse Jesus of being aligned with the demons.  Even miracles are not sufficient to point people in the right direction.

Our Lord understands that there is much work to be done.  The people need direction and spiritual guidance, but there are too few people available to do this work.  “The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few.” 

As Catholic Christians we need to provide guidance through our own good spiritual examples and sharing those good works with our sisters and brothers who need direction.  Two weeks ago the Gospel message was that anyone who puts anything or anyone before God is not worthy of God.  People who even lover their families more that they love God are not worthy of God.  True laborers who have this kind of faith, dedication and devotion are few.

Friends, living a spiritual life is not easy.  It takes focus and dedication, and is often a struggle.  Our church’s are now open to 75% capacity yet, understandably, many have not returned to Holy Mass due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  However, this does not prevent us from leading a spiritual life.

Jesus is calling us to make God the focus in our lives.  He wants us to be the laborers, to go into the fields and be spiritual guides to the lost people.  This type of work is extremely difficult.  Yet we must heed the words of our Lord who knows us so well and loves us so intensely.  When He calls us to serve we must respond and work alongside Him in the harvest. 

Question of the Day:  How will you ask Jesus to show you what labor you might preform in order to help Him harvest all who have lost their way?

Prayer:  “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”  Amen.  (Saint Francis of Assis.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world. 


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