Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

April 1, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


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

Psalm (Daniel 3)

John 8:31-42


Aren’t the names Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego great?  Kind of makes you want to go out and rescue three kittens just so you could give them those cool names. 

Today’s readings are all about holding fast, holding on, and hunkering down.  Nebuchadnezzar (which is another great name) gives the three wise men an ultimatum; bow down before the golden statue or get thrown into the white-hot furnace.  What will it be?

There answer, in effect was, Listen King N., this is a no brainer for us.  Whether or not God will save us, we still will not bow down to your god.  Your statue is not a god, and we know it’s no tour God, so no deal!”

We learn that these three devote men are strong in their faith and unbendable.  It reminds me of the film “Master and Commander” where the old sailor clenches his fists together before the big naval battle.  Tattooed just below his knuckles are the words “Hold Fast.”   It means to hang on, never let go, keep your faith and believe in the final victory.

Being a person of faith, a person of principle, and a person of conviction is difficult in our changing world, especially during the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The key here is to hold on and believe in Jesus’ promise to all of us and to understand why you believe it.

And then…HOLD FAST!

Question of the Day:  Will you “hold fast” to your Catholic Christian faith or face the possible alternative of the “white-hot furnace?”

Prayer:  God, our Father, teach us how to live in your service.  Grant that by preferring your love to everything else, we may walk in the way of your commandments.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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