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


Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

September 2, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 3:1-9

Psalm 33

Luke 4:38-44


Today’s readings are filled with a glimpse of real humanity both in the life of Jesus and in the early Church.  No matter how much we would like to envision the warmth and love of the earliest Christians for each other, they were human as the rest of us.  Saint Paul admonishes the Corinthians as he noted, “…there is jealousy and rivalry among you.”  They had already split in factions according to who had baptized them, Paul or Apollos.  In his frustration, Paul sets them straight, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.”

In our Gospel narrative, we see a series of poignant scenes that are warm, real and deeply human.  One of Jesus’s closest friends, Simon Peter, has a mother-in-law who is gravely ill.  Could/would Jesus come and see her?  Of course He wanted to help.  We can visualize how our Lord kneels down at the sick woman’s bed and holds her hand.  He looks lovingly into her eyes and speaks to her softly and she is healed.  The miracle has occurred.  She then, “… got up immediately and waited on them.”  She was ready to get back to work, serving and loving her family and friends.

As the day ends, the sick and diseased were still coming to Jesus, begging and calling to be cured.  Again we can imagine the crowds of family and friends who struggled to bring their loved ones near, hoping desperately for health.  Even after a long day, Jesus remained with them, spending time with each one, moving close to look lovingly into their eyes, warmly embracing even those who had been isolated from their communities by their disfiguring diseases.  THEY WERE ALL HEALED!  Perhaps at the moment they were healed, they too stood up from their stretchers and began to serve in they way they were each called by God. 

Friends, Saint Paul tells us that we are, “God’s co-workers.”  Each of us has been loved into life by God and touched with the sacred spark of humanity.  Each of us has a unique calling in the life to be a “co-worker of God” on earth.  It doesn’t matter what we have been called to: married or single, parenthood, religious life and so forth. It does not matter if we are fisherman from Galilee, a hospitable mother-in-law, a farmer, teacher, office or factory worker.  We have a sacred job to do on earth, in the way we live our lives and interact with others.

Question of the Day:  How do you respond to the healing power of God?

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, please give me the strength and courage today to be your co-worker.  Help me to see with your eyes so that I cherish others.  Guide me to listen with your compassionate ears and to speak with your healing voice.  Help me to open my eyes to your loving presence next to me as you hold out your hand, smile at me with your deep loving eyes and raise me to healing.  May I serve you today, and every day, with my life.  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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