Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 24, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20

Psalm 122”1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5

Luke 8:19-21

In today’s first reading from Ezra, there is quite a bit of historical context that, if overlooked, could cause us to misunderstand its meaning.  In it, the Jews have just been allowed to return after the Babylonian Exile in about the year 538 BC.  We learned that the Jews have just finished rebuilding their previously destroyed temple which they call the “House of God.”  But to the Jews, the word ‘house’ didn’t just mean a building where they lived or worshiped.  It meant much more than that.  The word ‘house’ referred to their household or family.  So in this reading, the Jews were not only rebuilding the physical temple of the Lord, but also their family, the Israelites, by returning to worship in Jerusalem.

In our short Gospel narrative we hear an amazing complement to the first reading.  In it, Jesus says something extremely profound and relevant to all of us.  He states that His mother and brothers (in other words His family) are those who act on the Word of God.  With this teaching Jesus is essentially sending an invitation for every person to join His family.  He doesn’t limit His family to only those closest to Him, namely Mary and the Apostles, but encourages everyone to join His family by acting on the Word of God.  

Friends, to truly join Jesus’ family, it takes more than just belief in the truth of Jesus and His promise of our salvation.  Our readings today are our Heavenly Father’s call for all of us to make the decision to join His family through action.  The decision to accept the mercy and salvation offered to us by God must be reflected by living the sacred Word of God.  The Jews in the first reading and Mary and the Apostles in the Gospel narrative lived in such a way.  They heard what God said and acted on it.  They are the examples for us to follow.  We must do the same if we truly want to be members of God’s family. 

Question of the Day:  Are you a son or daughter of God our Father?

Prayer:  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15)



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