Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast:  Saint Bernadine of Siena, Priest, (1380-+1444) – Patron Saint of Advertisers

Acts of the Apostles 17:15, 22-18:1

Psalm 148

John 16:12-15


Today’s scriptures are about influence, praise and guidance.  How we influence people in their path to Christ, how we praise God and how we receive guidance from God.  In the Acts of the Apostles Paul tries a new approach to bringing others to Christ.  I would call his method as the “used care salesman approach.”  And, unfortunately for Paul, it doesn’t work.  Normally he evangelizes using a direct, to the point approach.  Usually Paul says something like, “Here is the gospel of Jesus Christ, take it or leave it!”   His listeners are then converted and invite Paul into their homes or they cover their ears and start throwing stones at him and he moves on.  While in Athens, Paul becomes a smooth talker and waits to the very end to spring the “R” word to his audience.  “Resurrection!”  His new approach is met with sneers and indifference.  I suspect he would have preferred the stones.  On a daily basis we meet people who cover a broad spectrum in their relationship with Christ.  Some don’t know Him at all, some know him on a limited basis, and some know Him quite well.  Therefore, how we represent Jesus in the world is how we influence others to turn to Jesus and the Gospels.

In today’s Psalm we are reminded to simply praise the Lord in everything and in everything we do.

In the Gospel of Saint John, Jesus tries to explain to the disciples that the Holy Spirt will be coming to guide them when He is gone.   Our Lord’s love and concern for them is quite evident.  His desire to encourage and guide them comes through clear as crystal. 

We, as Catholic Christians, are so indeed blest to have God’s Holy Word to influence us, as we give Him praise through our prayer life, and the Holy Spirit to guide us on our spiritual journey. 

Question of the Day:  How will you be called to hold yourself to a higher standard and be an ambassador for Christ and His Church?

Prayer:  I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, and have appointed you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last, alleluia.  (Communion Antiphon for May 20, 2020.)

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




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