Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 26, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Philip Neri (1515-+1595) Patron Saint of Rome

Acts of the Apostles 20:17-27

Psalm 68

John 17:1-11a

 

In 1989 the movie “Glory” was released.  It is the true story about the first all African American military units that fought for the Union Army in the American Civil War.  The 54th Massachusetts was led by white officers and all of the men below the rank of lieutenant were black.  Many of these men were freed slaves.  Even though the men fought on the side of the Union they had to fight racial prejudice from the white Union soldiers as well as face the condemnation of the Confederate soldiers they were sent to fight.  These men fought with great honor and distinction.  One of them, William H. Carney, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery in battle.  He was the first African American soldier to receive our nation’s highest honor for valor. The name of the movie was perfect, “Glory.” 

“Glory” is the key word in today’s powerful prayer of Jesus in behalf of His Church.  There were six references to the word “glory” in today’s Gospel.  Our Lord asks God the Father to give glory to Him so that He in turn may give glory back to God, His Father.  In other words, He is telling all of us to give glory to the Father as He has done.

How then can we give glory to God in our everyday lives?  A historian once wrote, “You have to die first before you find your glory!”  Of course Jesus did just that for us.  Another example would be President Abraham Lincoln.  There were countless people who hated him.  They mostly came from the southern states during the American Civil War but there were many who hated him who actually were members of his own cabinet.  His Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, was one of them.  But even those who had criticized him professed his greatness when he was assassinated.  As Lincoln died Stanton, who was at his bedside said, with tears in his eyes, “There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen.”  He saw his “glory!”

We can give glory to God everyday of our lives by doing three things:

  • First in Prayer: When we pray we open ourselves to God and are able to communicate with Him.  We allow Him to transform us.
  • Second is the Willingness to carry our crosses:  When we do, we praise Jesus and show our love and devotion to God the Father.
  • Third is our faithfulness to God: By showing our love for God with our whole heart and mind and for the love our neighbor. 

Question of the Day:  How can you carry on the work of Jesus which began more than 2000 years ago?

Prayer:  “Glory” be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  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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