Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

January 15, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Book of Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20

Psalm 40

Mark 1:29-39

What a rich pair of readings for this Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time.  We often think of these ordinary days as what fills the gaps between one liturgical celebration and another and not worth much attention – but how wrong we are.

In I Samuel, we read the story of the call and anointing of Samuel.  It’s worth noting that Samuel readily answers, “Here I am, Lord” to each of God’s calls even when he thought he was responding toe Eli’s call.  Once he learned it was God’s voice, he responds with the beautiful, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

It is new enough in the year that we may be still attempting to respond, “Here I am,” to the nudges that prompted our set of 2020 resolutions.  In the silence of our hearts, what message do we hear with which to embrace this New Year with relish and fidelity?  Might it be a call to a healthier lifestyle, a more compassionate response to the people behind the headlines whether we agree with their ideas or not, a more focused attempt to be an informed voter in November or a lesser consumerist and simplify our lifestyle?

But before we despair in measuring up, let’s turn to the Gospel – the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law.  Her cure brought forth a number of other ailing folks, even some possessed by demons.  The next morning Jesus left very early to be alone in order to pray.  When His companions found Him, His energy had been restored and on they went to other villages for more healings and encounters with demons.  Here we must take note that those who Jesus cured had not tried to pull themselves together; they merely presented themselves or were presented for help.

Today’s readings leave us consoled and eager for yet another “ordinary day.”  We are comforted in knowing that despite our inability to keep 2020 resolutions any better than 2019’s, it’s not up to us.  What we do need to do is show up and remain present to God’s desire to make us whole in the many places where we need it.  I wonder if we couldn’t simply show up together for the dose of God’s love available to us tomorrow or even the nest days that follow.

Question of the Day:  Will you present yourself to the Lord and accept His healings regardless of the outcome?

Prayer:  Most loving Savior, grant me a love ready to do anything, even the greatest sacrifice that I may become Your true disciple. 



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