Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 5, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr (231-c.251) – Patroness of Breast Cancer

2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17

Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 6-7

Mark: 6:1-6

A quick summation of today’s Gospel might sound something like this; Jesus returns to His own part of the country and teaches, but He finds resistance and mistrust.  People are amazed, and that is as far as they go.

I believe Mark could say here what John relates early in the first chapter of his Gospel, “To His own He came, yet His own did not accept Him.  Any who did accept Him He empowered to become children of God.”  Matthew takes what Jesus said a bit further, “This is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign!  The only sign it will be given is the sign of the people of Jonah.”

Friends, Jesus is talking to those nearest Him, and as Christians we qualify to be among them, yet we do not hear and embrace what He has to say.  Jonah changed Nineveh with his words, which is what Jesus is referring to.  It is only later that true believers would see this as a reference to the Resurrection as well.

Many look at Jesus as a good man, a wise man, a great man, but do we see Him as the living God?  If I could just really open my eyes and ears and truly focus my attention, hold tight to His warm and sincere presence!  If I could only open myself to Him and hold myself so that His Word could penetrate me and change me!

The answer is yes.  It will happen, only if we pray frequently and seriously.  If we ask our Lord to change us as we place our trust in Him.  Then, and only then, can Jesus work great wonders in, with and through us.

Question of the Day

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I give You thanks because You love me so much that You have died for me.  Grant that I may love You back in the same manner.



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