Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 11, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-+1253) – Virgin/Mystic/Religious, Foundress of the Order of Poor Ladies (The Poor Clare’s) and the Monastic Order for Women in the Franciscan Order, Author of the “Rule of Life,” and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. 

Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 2:8-3:4

Psalm 119

Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14


In Matthew’s Gospel narrative the disciples ask Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”  Our Lord takes a child and tells them, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” 

Today Jesus actually teaches us two things about becoming like children in order to attain the heavenly Kingdom of God.  First, we must imitate children.  This is so because of the wonderful characteristics in a child; such as the power to wonder, the power of innocence the power to forgive and to forget, and so forth.  William Barclay (1907-1978) Scottish Professor of Divinity in his book “The Gospel of Matthew” presents to us that a child has three great qualities which make her/him the symbol of those who are “citizens” of the Kingdom.  They are:

  • A Child’s Humility: A child does not wish to push themselves forward or wishes prominence but wish to be left in obscurity and to face into the background.  It is only as they grow up that the instinctive humility is left behind.
  • A Child’s Dependence: It is natural for a child to be dependent.  For him he can never face life by himself.  He is dependent on those who love him and care for him.  For us if we accept the fact that we are dependent on God, then a new strength and a new peace would enter our lives. 
  • A Child’s Trust: It is because the child is dependent and so he trusts his parents that his needs will be met.  When we are children, we cannot buy our own food or our own clothes, or maintain our own home.  Yet we never doubt that we will be fed and clothed, and that there will shelter and warmth and comfort waiting for us when we come home.  When we are children we set out on a journey with no means or paying the fare, and with no idea of how to get to our journey’s end, and yet it never enters our heads to doubt that our parents will bring us safely there.

Sisters and brothers, the humility of a child is the pattern of our behavior as Christians to one another and his dependence and trust are the patter of our attitude towards God, the Father of us all.

Second is we must be like children.  Let us be ready to be dependent in God.  We must imitate them, that is, let us humble ourselves and to trust in God and to one another.

Question of the Day:  How will you present yourself to others as a child of God?

Prayer:  My prayer today is for all of us who need to slow down.  That we would take time and make ourselves available to God.  That we would open our hearts to whatever God would call us to do.  That we would ask God questions and wait on the Lord for guidance, wisdom and answers.  Amen.

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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