Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

January 21, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Agnes, Martyr (291-304) – Patron Saint of Gardeners

First Book of Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 89

Mark 2:22-28

The Pharisees in today’s Gospel confront Jesus on the issue of keeping the Sabbath day.  So what is the primary intention behind the Third Commandment to “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day,” or the Sabbath.  It can be said that the Sabbath was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of His work both in creation and redemption.  But the disciples were scolded not for picking and eating corn from the fields but doing it on the Sabbath.  Our Lord defends them by arguing that human needs have precedence over ritual custom.  He tells them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”  This is the reason why the Son of Man is Lord even on the Sabbath.

So Jesus is telling us that He is the center of our home, our family, our relationship among spouses and that He is the absolute center of our lives.  But mostly the center of our worship because He is the Lord even of the Sabbath.

Another point to be made is that Jesus is the center of our personal prayer.  Our spiritual lives are anchored by our relationship and love for Him.  Therefore we need Him to be with us every single day of our lives.

Finally, Jesus is the key to our understanding how we are to pursue the good in our every day moral decisions.  He is the explanation of moral good.  All that is good leads us to eternal life in Christ.

G.K. Chesterton said, “It is not what men eat but what they digest that makes them strong.  Not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich.  Not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned.  Not what we preach but what we practice that makes us Christians.”

Question of the Day:  Will you place Jesus in the center of your life and transform your home in a Domestic Church?

Prayer:  God of holiness, make me faithful and strong.  Willingly I will sacrifice everything that is not pleasing to You, so that one day I may obtain life in You.



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