Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 12, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


1 Kings 10:1-10

Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40

Mark 7:14-23

I believe that under the surface, today’s readings have much to say about the gifts or blessings that can potentially come from within.  The first Book of Kings focuses largely on material gifts and wealth and the Gospel deals with negative attitudes and actions that can also come from within.  But underneath it all, there are gifts to be discovered and shared by all of us. 

In the first reading we heard about the gifts that the queen of Sheba brought to Solomon and about his wealth as indicated by the food he served and in the place in which he lived.  But did you notice that Sheba recognized something deeper in Solomon?  It was not merely about political or economic commerce, but rather gifts flowing from recognition and admiration for the inner gift of wisdom which Solomon possessed and shared with others.

However, in Mark’s Gospel we discover a cautionary tale against allowing things that defile to come from within – basically the opposite of gifts and blessings.  The Gospel lists evil thoughts, theft, murder, greed, and deceit, among others.  It doesn’t say that these things have to come out of us; however, it says that they can come out of us.  I believe that this is the key because it indicates that deep within us are also the blessings of compassion, respect, generosity, honesty, among others.  

Whether blessings and gifts come from within us is a choice and a challenge that we must address in our lives.  It is about our own self-awareness and our respect for others.  I believe we need to pay attention to the way we live our lives and ask ourselves, “Am I living a Christ-like life?” 

I suspect if we seek to share gifts and blessings with the world, even if we aren’t showered with great wealth and prestige, we will certainly be recognized as children of God, sharing out our gratitude with the inner gifts that God has given to each of us. 

Question of the Day:  Are you willing to share your gifts, especially your time, talent and treasure with others?

Prayer:  Lord God, I pledge myself to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of Your name.  Guide me by Your Spirit; give me wisdom; give me courage; give me hope; and keep me faithful now and always.  (“Prayer of Commitment Serving God and humankind.”) 



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