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. 

We are very grateful to Deacon Anthony Cincotta, who has offered to share his daily reflections with us for the past year and a half. Deacon Anthony is retiring from his writings of daily reflections, and we wish him our love and warm wishes in his new endeavors. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a-16, Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29, & Luke 1:67-79


The background of the Canticle of Zechariah, or Zechariah's Song, is the biblical belief that God's promises were fulfilled. At first, Zechariah does not believe, and he is rendered mute until the day the promised event occurs. Eight days after his son John's birth, Zechariah and Elizabeth take him to be circumcised, following the ritual commanded to Abraham (Genesis 17:13). When the time came to name the child, Elizabeth insisted that he be given the name John, as God has prescribed. His relatives and friends turned to Zechariah, who confirmed the child's name, and immediately he regained his speech and praised God, whose promises are always fulfilled.


Zechariah's Song can become ours this Christmas Eve as we seek a revived awareness of God in our lives. We see the light on the horizon and await the full and dazzling light of God's incarnation in Jesus Christ. As disciples of Christ, we always live in a kind of Advent—waiting, knowing that the light has come to our world, yet still waiting for it to shine to its fullest. We may even, like Zechariah, doubt that such a glorious future is possible. With Zechariah, we can praise God for the dawn, seeing it as the first shimmering of the final, full radiance of what God has in store for His children on earth.


Question of the Day: How will you help bring the light of Jesus to the world?

Prayer: "Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is at hand." (Psalm 25)

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