Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

March 11, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 18:18-20

Psalm 31

Matthew 20:17-28

In our Gospel narrative the “other” apostles are indignant of James and John because their mom, on behalf of her two sons, asks Jesus that her son’s be able to sit on his right and left in His kingdom.  Well, I can’t blame the other apostles becoming angry.  Can you?  We are never told why they were angry in Matthew’s or Marks’s Gospels.  Could it be that they were disappointed that they had the same ambition and James and John made the request to Jesus first?

Our beautiful Lord seizes the moment for another opportunity to teach.  He gives us an example on how to be truly great.  He teaches us to serve others.  Here’s how:

First, we are great when we serve.  Before his death, Pope John Paul suffered greatly.  He served the Church and his God well and managed to bring a totally new face to the papacy.  Today, many call Him Saint Pope John Paul II, the Great.  Why?  Because he was great!  Throughout his life he set an example for countless millions as he truly took to heart today’s Gospel passage and served his brothers and sisters.

Second, we must get out from our comfort zone.  God asks us to serve others and to put ourselves last.  It doesn’t mean that we have to any spectacular feat of virtue or give our lives for Christ in martyrdom.  He asks only that we look out for the good of others before our own.  

The great violin virtuoso, Niccolo Paganini, willed his beautiful violin to the city of Genoa, Italy on the condition that it must never again be played.  The wood of such an instrument, while used and handled, wears away only slightly.  However, when set aside, it begins to decay.  Paganini’s violin has today become worm-eaten and useless.

The moral of this true story is that we need to reflect that if we are unwilling to serve we may soon destroy our capacity for usefulness. 

Question of the Day:  Are you willing to leave your personal comfort zone in order to serve others? 

Prayer:  Lord, you call us to your service and continue your saving work among us.  May your love never abandon us. 



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