Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary time

July 21, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-+1619) – Patron Saint of Brindisi

Book of the Prophet Micah 7:14-15, 18-20

Psalm 85

Matthew 12:46-50


In today’s Gospel narrative we learn that Jesus was in the midst of a heated discussion with the religious scholars and Pharisees who were trying to set Jesus up to perform a miracle as proof of who He was.  As he was teaching, His brothers and mother showed up outside and were trying to get a message to Him.  Perhaps they were worried about His well-being and were trying to draw Him away from the intensity of the discussion.  Our Lord used this interruption as a teachable moment to focus on what was truly important; that is the relationship between Himself and His followers.  He stretched His hands toward the disciples and identified them as His family because of their obedience and overall connection to Him.

The family relationship is important.  We can see that it was important to Jesus with His special connection to His brothers and mother all the way to the cross.  He understood that those family ties are the foundation upon which all other relationships are built.  Yet he took it another step, expanding the family relationship to all those who believe in Him and are considered His disciples.

What then are the gifts of a family?

  • Provides a sense of security.
  • Creates a sense of belonging.
  • Gives a taste of “unconditional” love.
  • Creates a safe place to discover who we are.
  • Provides a foundation of values and beliefs.
  • Helps us learn how to relate to others outside of the family.
  • Gives an opportunity to experience forgiveness and reconciliation.

Friends, the reality is that many human families are imperfect and we only experience a glimpse of what our spiritual family can be.  When Jesus identified His disciples as His family because of their affiliation with Him, He has also extended that invitation to all of us; that is to become part of a spiritual family that extends and perfects what we know in our human relationships.  When we become disciples through our response to Jesus, we become a part of His family and experience all those gifts that a family is meant to provide.  It just can’t get much better than that!

Question of the Day:  How will you support your family and all of your “sisters and brothers” in faith?

Prayer:  Lord God, in this shrinking global world that we have been gifted by You, may we practice inclusiveness of all.  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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