Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

June 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (+1887)

Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12

Psalm 123

Mark 12:18-27

 

I must admit that I always have a bit of difficulty reflecting on today’s Gospel passage.  It’s another one of those instances in which a group of Jewish high priests are again seeking to trip up our Lord in His knowledge and understanding of the letter of the Law.  This time it is regarding the topic of death.  When they pose to Him the hypothetical case of a woman marrying and outliving each of seven brothers, I inevitably lose my train of thought, wandering off to wonder what someone like the comedian Rodney Dangerfield, not Jesus, would say about that extraordinary instance of marital “un-bliss.”  I’m quite certain that Mr. Dangerfield would be both funny and sarcastic in his response.

Saint Paul’s opening passages in his Second Letter to Timothy put me squarely back on track.  The subject seems much the same: how am I to follow Christ in the world.  It’s not done, as Jesus scolded the Sadducees, with their mechanical adherence to the rules of the Church.  Rather, Paul writes, it must at least begin on the inside with the interior movement in ones heart, not the exterior movements of ones hands.  It’s within that we are challenged to stir into flame the gift of God, a gift of spirit, of power, of love and of self-control.  In the end, we are called to an unashamed holy life, which will not be fashioned by anything that we do ourselves, but which has already been given us by a loving Father through the redemptive action of the Son and constant presence of the Holy Spirit. 

Question of the Day:  Today will you be prayerfully grateful for all that you have been given through God’s grace?

Prayer:  Lord God, you have given me everything, including Yourself.  I want to give You everything I have in return.  Amen.

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

Prosit

 

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