Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

April 29, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (1347-1380) – Patron Saint of Fire Prevention

Acts of the Apostles 8:1b-8

Psalm 66

John 6:35-40

 

How do you think the apostles felt when they witnessed all of their flock fleeing Jerusalem after an angry mob had stoned Stephen to death?  I suspect that it was almost like captains on a sinking ship, as they scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria.  Is it possible that the apostles became discouraged when their efforts to plant the Good News in Jerusalem had wilted and ended before it began?  Or were they thinking about their own “flight” after Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane?  Valid question all.  There were probably many more.

For the evangelist Luke, who authored the Acts of the Apostles, the flight of the first Christians served to spread the Good News out from Jerusalem.  Rather than an act of cowardice, the early Christians fleeing from Jerusalem fulfill the prophetic Words of the Risen Jesus at the Ascension.  Namely, the Risen Jesus tells the apostles, and through them the whole community of believers, that when the power of the Holy Spirit comes on you, then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.

Philips ministry among the Samaritans provides the first example of preaching the Word outside of Jerusalem.  In the name of Jesus, Philip preaches the Good News and works miracles among the Samaritans.  Following Jesus example, Philip reaches out to the Samaritans who were an outcast people on the margins of society and invites them into full participation in the reign of God.    

It has begun!

Question of the Day:  In the days after Easter when all Christians are invited to let the love of God have free reign in their hearts, will you spread the Good News through word and deed by reaching out to those on the fringes of God’s family?

Prayer:  Lord God, You caused Saint Catherine of Siena to shine with Divine love in the contemplation of the Lord’s Passion and in the service of Your Church.  By her help, grant that Your people, associated in the mystery of Christ, may ever exult in the revelation of His glory.  Amen

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

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