Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

June 23, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Second Book of Kings 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36

Psalm 48

Matthew 7:6, 12-14


A secretive, pre-emptive massacre of 185,000 Assyrians by an angel of God, unworthy and dangerous dogs and pigs, the “golden rule,” a narrow road and gate that leads to life but few can find.  These are the challenging readings for us today to reflect upon. 

From the reading from 2 Kings, we understand that God loves and protects Jerusalem and Israel.  On the other hand, we find the violent defense (actually offense)) and horrific massacre difficult to reconcile with the nonviolent Jesus we encounter through the Gospels.

You may find a similar harshness between the generally welcoming, inclusive message of Jesus with the passages in Matthew’s Gospel that emphasize challenges and exclusivity.  Even so, we should appreciate the direct, harsh reminder that everything is not “warm and fuzzy” in our individual faith journey.  Evil does exist!  We must seek justice in a world sometimes filled with injustice!  We must sacrifice, appreciate holiness, and be examples for others, especially our children, in order to help make a difference in our world.

Does the “golden rule, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” offer us some insight?  Perhaps we need to help others to navigate the narrow road and gate to life, forgiveness, justice and love – just as we would hope they would do for us.

Question of the Day

Prayer:  Lord God, grant us insight, patience, and generosity as we seek to love others as you have loved us and do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  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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