Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time – August 20, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Memorial of St. Bernard

Judges 6:11-24a

Psalm 85

Matthew 19:23-30

The story of Gideon is one that we can all probably relate to.  Don’t you just love the words of the angel of the Lord to Gideon while he was hard at work?  “The Lord is with you, O Champion!”  I believe if this happened to me my response would be, “What do you mean, Champion?”  I’m just stuck here at a job that never makes a difference.  There must be more to life if I am supposed to be a ‘champion.’

 Then we start thinking of the “big picture.”  The Lord has done wonderful things for me, but it’s still not significant enough to change the world.  But the angel of God uses words like, “Go with the strength you have and do what needs to be done, because I am sending you, and I will be with you.”  Then, we receive a sign.

I for one believe that signs from God are always with us.  We see them as we place our trust in Him.  You see, we are champions if we go with God where He needs us to go.  When we listen and hear what God wants us to do, as we heard in the Psalm for today, miracles will happen.  But wait, there is more!

We can actually inherit eternal life.  Imagine that!  But we can’t do that by ourselves either.  Jesus reminds us that it is impossible on our own and only with God can we accomplish our goal of living forever in His Kingdom.  Still, I can’t help but think that trusting in God to direct us is only half of the human story.  It is what we want God to deliver that is the problem.  How many people do you know want something other that what God promises to provide us?  Many want earthly riches, power, recognition more than wanting peace, justice, joy and…eternal life.   In Matthew’s Gospel narrative Jesus teaches us the difference.  “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  And especially, “Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

The other half of the human story is about our desire to follow Jesus.  But that too is not all up to us…Jesus reminds us that it is impossible for our desires to be made perfect without God.  In the name of Jesus we do our best and with His help we stay on track.  Just listen to the angel, “The Lord is with you, O Champion!”  Then we get our priorities straight and get back to work…God’s work. 

Question of the Day:  Am I a “Champion” in what I do and in what I say to others? 

Prayer:  Father, please allow me to become a model worker for you Son.  Inspire me to work hard, never complain and proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all.



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