Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 8, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

Psalm 105

Matthew 10:1-7


When we read today’s Gospel narrative we should try to imagine the thoughts and feeling of the twelve disciples as they discussed the assignment they had been given by Jesus.  I can picture myself sitting with them or walking beside the disciples and listening to their conversation. 

What does all this mean?  Can we really do this?  I can’t believe He trusts us to do this.  What if something happens to us?  Who will take care of our families?  What if we fail?  What if He is disappointed in us?  All in all I believe the twelve felt “power, grace, superiority, humility, excitement and fear.”  Wouldn’t you?

The human spirit is made up of a labyrinth of emotions, feelings, and thoughts that lead to decisions and actions.  I imagine one of the twelve stepping forward as a leader saying, wait, and stop it!  We must stay focused, disciplined, quit overthinking, His instructions are clear.   Thank you Peter!

Isn’t all of this true for our own life?  We are to acknowledge and recognize our God given gifts, take the time to talk and listen to God, and then stay focused, stay disciplined and follow our Lord. 

I think of the many times in my own life when I have had this same experience.  Lord, what should I do, are my gifts best used in this way?  I am afraid and do not want this responsibility, what if I fail.  How can I make this tough decision, it hurts me and other but I can see that it is better for the whole?  The day to day decisions as well as major decisions are equally important.  Staying in my chosen profession, getting married, having children, guiding my family, my diaconate vocation and so forth.

I always knew that God has always been with me.  When I prayed and listened to the Word of God, took the risk, steeped out in fear but with faith, I realized that I had made the right decision.  Just like the twelve.

Question of the Day:  How do you use the gifts and talents have given you?

Prayer:  “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed the man who seeks refuge in Him.”  Amen.

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


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