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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

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 30, 2020

Readings: Beginning of the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 1:1-11;

Psalm 111:1-6; Luke 14:1-6

Today’s first reading reveals the heart of a pastor. The apostle Paul writes to brothers and sisters who know Jesus because of his ministry. He begins his letter by referring to himself and his co-worker Timothy, as “Slaves of Christ Jesus.” Then, he pours out his love for them. He blesses them. He gives thanks for them. He joyfully prays for them. He refers to them as partners in his ministry, which is to defend and confirm the Good News of Jesus Christ. I suspect the most powerful thing he does in his letter is to reveal his total and absolute confidence in them. Saint Paul assures the Philippians that God is at work in them. God knows how to finish the job, and Paul has every confidence that they will be pure and blameless on that great day when Jesus returns in His Glory.

The psalmist sees God the same way. God’s works are great. He has won renown

for His wondrous deeds. He has revealed the power of His works to His people.

Psalm 111 reveals to us, "How great are the works of the Lord!”

Paul loved the sisters and brothers at Philippi. Jesus loved those suffering in His midst. They reflected, in their lives, the grace and mercy of a God who works for His people. They had great confidence in God. Do we have that same confidence? Do we believe that, in the midst of today’s world crises, God is at work within us? Are we faithful to His covenant? Do we know how to finish His work, which will bring us pure and blameless into His presence for all eternity?

Banks, financial institutions, major corporations, even governments may fail. Kingdoms may be shaken and crumble. The glitter and glamour of the world may turn to dust.

Yet, “How great are the works of the Lord! His justices endures forever.”

Prayer of the Day: Are you able to notice the “Good Word” of the Lord in your life and in the lives of those you love?

Prayer: “The Lord listens to the needs; come, let us bow down in prayer!” (From Psalm 69:34)


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