Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 15, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, (1221-+1274) Patron of Bowel Disorders

Book of the Prophet Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16

Psalm 94

Matthew 11:25-27


Today’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah tells us that God can make use of people and events to carry out the divine plan, even when their intentions are in themselves unrelated to God’s plan.  Clearly (and admittedly in the reading) when the Assyrian ruler implements God’s plan, what he achieves is not what he intends, anymore than Caesar Augustus’ intention of a census was to have Mary’s child be born in Bethlehem of Judea.  But the vision of faith as described in Sacred Scripture recognizes those actions as part of God’s plan.

The vision of faith does not change the data of experience, which are there for any one believer or unbeliever to see.  But it changes us and in so doing, it changes the way we read the data (the Words) and, consequently, the way we respond to them.  Many of us have difficulty understanding the writings within the Old and New Testaments.  But we do the best we can trying to interpret a culture that is so very foreign to us. 

Perhaps that is why in today’s Gospel of Saint Matthew Jesus says that, “although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”  Human wisdom and learning alone are not the proper method to recognize God’s plan in the data of experience.  Single-heartedness, trust, and awareness of God’s immense love for us and our dependence of God’s goodness set all of us on the right path to God’s plan.  We must remember that Jesus wants us to be childlike and not childish.  There is a difference.

Question of the Day:  How will you utilize Sacred Scripture in order to become part of “God’s plan?” 

Prayer:  Almighty God, today we celebrate the birthday of Saint Bonaventure, Your Bishop.  Let us benefit by his wonderful teaching and always be inspired by his burning charity.  Amen.  ((Lives of the Saints – Illustrated.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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