Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Malvern Minute


Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

April 7, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10

Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-9

Luke 24:13-35


            In today’s first reading from Acts, I was moved by seeing the noticeable change in the apostle Peter due to his encounter with the man who was begging for alms.  It seems Peter has gone from being brash and clumsy to be humble and caring.  Peter did not pass by the lame man begging for alms, even though he could not give the man the coins he was seeking.  He was completely present to the man and gave him something far more valuable in the long run.  I was touched not so much at the gift, but rather by Peter’s humility and concern for another human being.   

            Luke’s Gospel narrative is the powerful story of the two men not recognizing Jesus on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection.  Can you see yourself as one of these two men who are walking with our Lord, but do not recognize Him?  They were devastated by the events that have occurred over the last week and they do not see the Lord in their midst.  What storms are we facing today, that seem so large that we don’t have the mind to stop and call upon the Lord?  If we could simply refocus our attention, might we see His outstretched hand, reaching our, ready to be present in that moment?  Our personal sufferings have a way of consuming us, and it’s only when we can’t figure out what we can do next that we call upon the Lord. 

            My suggestion is to remember these two souls on the way to Emmaus the next time we find ourselves in an impossible situation.  There is our Lord literally walking right next to us, so that all it takes is trust on our part.  There is no need to be gloomy over our situations.  After all, how did Peter become the man we see in today’s first reading; a man with humility and concern for others.  Peter’s life prior to this point showed many faults and yet the Lord, knowing his potential to be a good leader, continued guiding and teaching him.  The Lord knows our potential as well.  He will never abandon us.  In one sense the sooner we put our trust in the Lord the quicker we we’ll make it through the next storm.

Question of the Day:  Will you help the poor and disadvantaged by living a life of humility and charity?  

Prayer:  “Come, you blessed of my Father; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, alleluia.”  Matthew 25:34




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