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 Third Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-+1274) — Dominican Friar and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Academics, Apologists, numerous cities and universities


2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17, Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 10-11, & Mark 4:26-34



In today's Gospel message, Jesus uniquely describes God's kingdom. He tells His disciples that the kingdom of God is like a man who scattered his seeds in his fields. Then the farmer would go about his daily chores, trusting that the seed would grow of its own accord. The farmer is not overly concerned about the seeds, and he knows that they will do what is natural for them; they will sprout and grow. When the crop is fully developed, the farmer harvests the crop.


The parable compares the farmer's and his seed to God's kingdom. He tells His listeners that the kingdom of God works similarly. The kingdom of God is like time and a mustard seed planted in the earth. It is the smallest of seeds, yet it becomes one of the largest plants when fully grown.


Do we see ourselves as one of God's "mustard seeds?" We are creatures that God has created, and if God created the time for a mustard seed to mature and provide food and shelter for the birds to spread life, we also are to share our gifts with the people and the world around us. We should be mindful of the ways that we share God's world with others. Therefore, celebrate God's goodness with everyone!


Question of the Day: Will you increase the harvest by being an example to others?


Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me see You in all human beings so that I may unselfishly see You through them. Amen.

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