Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Christmas Eve: Morning Mass

Second Book of Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

Luke 1:67-79

The readings for us this Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent, otherwise known this year as the day before Christmas, are indeed rich in content. When we read from Second Samuel, we can hear God saying to us, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this. I didn’t ask you to build me a house; I am here for you.” This reading is, of course, the prophecy to David promising the Israelites a Messiah. The Messiah, we believe became manifest, is Jesus, our Lord.

Holding this reading within our hearts, we can contemplate Luke’s Gospel narrative, known as “The Canticle of Zechariah". We can imagine Zechariah holding his newborn son, John, quite possibly for the very first time, and these were the words he spoke to him. Here we take John’s place and hear Zechariah, through God, saying to us, “You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His way, to give His people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.”

We can hear God further tell us, “I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I promise you even more. The Light, Jesus Christ, will dwell among you, in you, and through you. If you receive the Light, together we can bring the Light and Peace to the World.”

As we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation during this season of Christmas, let us consider how we are being called to the Light of Christ for others, to receive the Mercy of Christ in our hearts and take it to those who dwell in darkness. Believe me, and it is the gift that never stops giving!

Question of the Day: Where are we being called to be a voice crying out to the darkness?

Prayer: “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. Alleluia, alleluia.”


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