Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

April 28, 2021
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Memorial Feast: Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (1803-+1841) Patron
Saint of Iceland
Saint Louis de Montfort, Priest (1673-+1716) Patron Saint of Oceania
Acts of the Apostles 12:24-13:5a
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
John 12:44-50

Suitable for the Easter season, the readings today are all about praising
God, and they all deal with this idea in different ways. The psalm instructs us all
to praise God and by praising God, to reap His benefits. The reading from Acts
and the John’s Gospel speak about doing God’s Will, including praising God.
Barnabas and Saul have been called to proclaim God’s Word to the nations. They
tell of God’s glory, praise His name, and potentially win over non-believers. They
were called, and they answered this call with praise, not only their own, but to
the nations to increase the people of the Lord.
For me, the Gospel is extremely interesting. Jesus is saying that He Himself
should not be worshipped, but that His job is to praise God, and by His example
lead God’s people to praise. In other words, we should follow Jesus and through
His example praise and obey God and reap His benefits. Jesus is a beacon to light
in the darkness; He is an example that leads us all to God. Those who have faith
in Jesus really have faith in God who sent Him, and those who believe in His
Words are actually true to the Word of God. Jesus is a path, not a destination. He
will not judge, He will not condemn, and He will show the right path to avoid
condemnation. He can save through His example of praise and obedience, and
whoever wants to can follow His example. He acknowledges the importance of

His responsibility. Obedience to God means eternal life, and Jesus says He Has
spoken as He was instructed by His Father, and He sets the example for God’s
people to follow.
Question of the Day: How will you adjust your life in order to follow Jesus’ path
to the Father?
Prayer: “I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will
have the light of life.” Amen.

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