Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

August 26, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18

Psalm128:1-2, 4-5

Matthew 23:27-32


“You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.”

Wow!  What an image!  How beautiful I am to look at, but inside I can be full of filth and dead men’s bones – not even my own bones.  We have all grown accustomed to hearing about the gentler side of God.  We would much prefer to hear about the love, and peace, and joy, and mercy God intends for us.  But not today!

What exactly is going on here?  Is God really so complex that He has these vast extremes of love and condemnation toward us?  I believe what is happening here is part of the on-going dialogue between God and us.  God is the constant and we are the changeable member of the love relationship.  God does not “vacillate” from the lover to the “prosecutor” in our lives.  It is in the relationship, in our response to and awareness of God’s love in all the little bits and pieces of our daily life that the love, joy, peace, and freedom actually flow.  Relationship with God is life giving.  It is we who are at times distracted, negligent, needy, and distant.  Without this relationship we know that we will become “dry and brittle.”  Just as we have come to recognize the signs of lack of sleep, lack of a proper diet, lack of exercise, etc.  We too can recognize the signs of an ignored relationship with our spouse, children, co-workers, etc.  It is so with our relationship with God.  It takes time and attention.  These gifts of peace, joy, love, and freedom are not just placed before us.  It takes work, it takes years.  In the end, with a bit of effort, we will be beautiful both outside and inside.

Question of the Day:  How is God calling you into a deeper, fuller and richer relationship with Him?

Prayer:   “Complete within us, O Lord, we pray, the healing work of Your mercy and graciously perfect and sustain us, so that in all things we may please you.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (Prayer after Communion – August 26, 2020.)

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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