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

 

Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

August 27, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Memorial of St. Monica

First Thessalonians 2:1-8

Psalm 139

Matthew 23:23-26

Many who enjoy reading mystery novels skip to the end of the book because they just can’t wait to learn “who done it.”  But doesn’t this curiosity rob one of the experience of truly enjoying what they were reading?  Going through life is very different from reading a book.  We can never know the ending until we actually get there.  So, having said that, each moment in life is an experience to treasure and enjoy.

We all know that there will be an ending for all of us.  But we don’t have to just sit around and wait for it.  What is important is to ask God to strengthen us in everything good that we do so that every moment in life is a loving and joyful experience.

Jesus points this out in today’s Holy Gospel.  That is, the practice of justice, mercy and good faith.  Equally important are the virtues of purity and chastity.  Living a moral life is a sign of a life lived in the goodness of the Lord.

The Pharisees and scribes are identified as “hypocrites.”  This translates that they say one thing yet do another.  This false front is to appear virtuous and holy, but inside it may be filled with negative judgements, such as lack of charity toward others.

Friends, we can all be the person Jesus teaches us to be by the “Cardinal Virtues” which comes from within our own hearts and inspired in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The next step is we must be cleansed from within to draw us closer to God.  Our repentance is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Everything that I’ve mentioned is easy to say but sometimes very difficult to do.  With prayer and determination we can be inspired to live our lives in justice and faith.  Before our own story ends we must remember to not be like the Pharisees and scribes and allow our lives to be “tithed up in knots.”

Question of the Day:  Are you living a false virtuous life or one of true charity and love of your neighbors?

Prayer:  My Lord, make me all-holy.  With faithful love, may I follow You in all Your ways. 

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