Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

July 1, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast:  Saint Junipero Serra, Priest (1713-+1784) – Patron Saint of Vocations, Spanish Americans, California

Book of the Prophet Amos 5:14-15, 21-24

Psalm 50

Matthew 8:28-34

 

We are drawn to two thoughts from today’s readings.  First is God’s call not for external signs of religion, but for a religion that grows out of one’s heart.  The second is God’s action in the world.

In the reading from the prophet Amos we are advised in the most serious way not to say one thing, and with our actions present another.  In other words pay more attention to the person you are in the inside, the part that God sees, instead of the exterior signs you present for the world to see.

This theme is followed up in the reading from Psalm 50 as we are told not to perform all our sacrifices for the Lord’s sake, for the world belongs to Him.  But, rather we perform those sacrifices for our own sake, to help us with the construction of becoming a better human being. 

Sisters and brothers, as the Psalm challenges us to seek good and not evil; the lesson in the Gospel for us has come down to how powerful Christ Jesus actually is.  Not only did He resist the devil’s temptation when He went into the desert for 40 days but also has the power to expel demons.  Therefore, no matter what we have gotten ourselves into we can be assured of being rescued by Jesus. 

We Catholics recognize in the outward sign of the sacrament of Reconciliation, a deliverance of Grace, the power to follow Christ in our lives, to help us resist evil.  By making a good confession and from deep inside wanting to make a change, and in doing the penance the priest asks us to do, we can get back on the right path towards healing.  For all Catholic Christians we walk with hope, even though ours will not always be the easy route.

Question of the Day:  Now that our churches have reopened will you consider taking advantage of the sacrament of Reconciliation and recommending this advice to your family and friends?

Prayer:  Lord, the road that leads to Your Kingdom is narrow and steep.  Help us to travel it well.  Amen

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

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