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

 

Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast: Saint John Paul II, Pope (1920-2005)

Romans: 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21

Psalm: 40

Luke: 12:35-38

The Evangelical Christian Pastor and author Dr. David Jeremiah was recently asked, “Pastor, what’s the biggest issue we face?”   His answer was “pressure.”  “Family pressure.  Time pressure. Financial pressure.  Unprecedented pressure to compete and succeed by society’s standards – at work, in school, in our communities, and even in our churches.”  Pastor Jeremiah went on to say, “God has devised an ingenious way of conveying His power right into the center of your soul through the live wires of His biblical promises, or as Saint Peter called them, great and precious promises.  These promises energize you and enable you to share His divine nature, having escaped the corruption of the world.”

Sisters and brothers, no matter how nasty things seem God’s grace will always prevail.  We all want to trust in that but the world in which we live makes it difficult.  We all yearn to be awake to God’s love and power.

In Paul’s Letter to the Romans we are told that no matter how dark, no matter how bleak the landscape, God’s Holy light will rule.  All that is required of us is to endure, wait with faith and hope, and be watchful.  To be awake, alert and prepared, and to put first things first.

In a world of violence, hate, addictive behavior, religious prejudice, and so forth, we all must wonder how we can get beyond all that we see, hear, and experience.   With so many distractions it is difficult to “stay awake” and be “vigilant.”  We can’t do it alone – we need help.  This is where God helps us.

We need God, our Church, our family, our community, our spiritual advisors, our retreat houses, and the people who love us, to help us focus on first things, that are to focus on God’s grace.  God gives us all of these people to support us for the purpose of keeping our focus on Him.  All of these spiritual resources help keep us awake.  They help to keep our faith alive.  They are God’s great bright lights in the otherwise dark landscape and may even relieve the “pressure.” 

As Saint John Paul II (whose feast day we celebrate today) advises us, “Do not abandon yourself to despair.  We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

Question of the Day:  Who in your life is available to support you through the pressure’s you face on a daily basis?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, let me place everything in Your hands.  Guide me in the way of my life and make me obey Your Divine will with a firm faith.

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