Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

June 10, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Book of Kings 18:20-39

Psalm 16

Matthew 5:17-19


In today’s reading from the First Book of Kings the prophet Elijah puts it to us without mincing words, “How long will you straddle the issue.”  He is exasperated with the people of Israel, who go back and forth on which god they should follow.  They agree to one final competition – winner take all!  I can’t imagine putting such a bargain before God today, but 2,500 years ago, this evidently was good theology.  Elijah is trying to emphasize for the people of God’s total power over their lives.

The way Elijah framed the issue – God vs. Baal – is not one that we would see as relevant today.  But the issue when generalized is relevant for each of us, every day.  We straddle the issue when we find comfort in possessions and power and physical gratification.  We straddle the issue when we rationalize and justify our actions.  We straddle the issue when we don’t seek the will of God in all we do.  We straddle the issue of social justice, abortion, race relations, hate crime, etc.

Psalm 16 reminds us, it is God who holds us fast, who keeps us safe and who shows us the path of life.  Jesus shows us the path more clearly, and as He tells us in today’s Gospel, who ever obeys will be treated as the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.  But we still must choose.  We still must frame the issue so we truly understand it.   We still must, as in the “completion” between God and the seduction of the comforts of this life, answer Elijah’s question, “How long will you straddle the issue?”  Pray!  Pray!  Pray!

Question of the Day:  How will you recognize the one true God in a world that is dominated by countless gods?

Prayer:  “O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it.”  (Collect for Mass, June 10, 2020.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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