Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 27, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Augustine of Canterbury (+601) Patron Saint of England

Acts of the Apostles 20:28-38

Psalm 68

John 17:11b-19

 

I would like to share with you examples of how children pray to God:

  • Dear God, please send a new baby for Mommy. The baby you sent last month cries too much.
  • Dear God, how many angels are there? I want to be the first kid in my class to know the answer.
  • Dear God, could you please give my brother some brains? So far he doesn’t have any.
  • Dear God, please help me in spelling, arithmetic, history, geography and writing. I don’t need help with anything else.
  • Dear God, I need a raise in my allowance. Could you have one of your angels tell my father?
  • Dear God, tomorrow is my birthday. Could you please put a rainbow in the sky.

The above children’s prayers are examples of a petition or intercessory prayer.  In today’ Gospel, Jesus makes mediation or intercessory prayers for the Twelve Apostles who are with Him, for all those close to His heart and for His future disciples.  Jesus’ intercessory prayer has four elements:

  • Protection: Protection for His disciples who are in the world.  Our Lord always remains with His own, His disciples, His children forever especially when their journey towards the Kingdom becomes difficult.
  • The World: Jesus, who became man, loves the world so much that He came to save man from their sins.  In today’s Gospel narrative there is some kind of a “Satan” which is opposed to Jesus’ mission.  As followers of Jesus we should respond to insult with praise, to attacks with kindness, to hatred with love.
  • Joy: Even if we are suffering from any misfortune, such as the effects of COVID-19, Christ’s joy is everlasting and infectious.  We need this joyful message of Jesus in order for us to go on with this present life.
  • Truth: Our Lord consecrates or makes us holy to the truth.  Through the Holy Words of Jesus professed in the Gospels we learn the truth of living a Christ-like life which will lead us to everlasting life.

Our lives have changed dramatically over the mast three months.  However, our faith and love for our Church hasn’t.   We still need to provide clear example of Christian charity.  Christ drew many souls to Himself because He is “irresistible” in His way with healing individual souls. 

Question of the DayHow will you be an ambassador of truth, charity and concern for souls?

Prayer:  “Your Word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate is in the truth.”  (Gospel Acclamation for May 27, 2020.)

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

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