Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

March 24, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Book of the Prophet Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95

Psalm (Daniel 3:52-56)

John 8:31-42


            Here is a question you may have heard me ask in the past; “Do you sometimes feel that you are too busy to pray?”  Come on now, be honest; simply shake your head up and down and say, “yes.”  Many of us are so busy that we can totally miss God’s presence and invitation in our lives. 

            In today’s Gospel narrative of Saint John, people are actually arguing with Jesus.  They push His words away and listen only to their own self-talk.  They fail to hear our Lord who came forth from God to teach them and to be with them.

            Friends, perhaps in these final days of Lent you might take up this challenge.  I invite you to follow the advice of Saint Ignatius of Loyola who asked others to spend a few minutes reflecting on how God had been present in their day.  Specifically, how has God blessed you through served of others, and through holy desires to pray and to help others? 

            During our life’s journey we are called to follow the Words of Jesus in order to make sure that we are on the right path.  The path Jesus sets out is one of faith and trust, putting nothing before God in our lives.  His reminder is a simple one, “If you remain in my Word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Question of the Day:  Will you take time for daily prayer and feel the freedom it bring to you?

Prayer:  “Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” 


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