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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

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Numbers 21:4b-9, Psalm 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37-38, Philippians 2:6-11, &

John 3:13-17

Today's Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the Gospel's words from Saint John, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life," puts us at the very center of our life of faith in Jesus. It doesn't get any simpler—God's goodness saves us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

We might describe many issues of our faith life as simple, which masks some of the difficulties we have in accepting God's tremendous outpouring of love for us. In one sense, it is all there, right in front of us; we are saved by the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus, but the realization of that wonderous reality takes us a lifetime to receive.

The profound reality of God's love in the divine person of Jesus is our very reason to be a Catholic. We are blessed beyond any measure by that profound love. It is the very cornerstone of our faith in God and Christ.

My prayer for all of us is that as we contemplate that marvelous goodness of God our Father and Jesus our Redeemer. Remember the words of Saint John, which I noted in the first paragraph. Bear in mind that the crosses we live with each of our days will link us to Jesus' own life, death, and resurrection.

Question of the Day: As you bear your cross with the dignity of Jesus, will you help those in need carry theirs?

Prayer: Help us, Lord God, to be united with the paschal mystery of Jesus, that through Him, the world can become a better place to live. Amen.



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