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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 Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

Book of Revelation 10:8-11; Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Luke 19:45-48

I saw Jesus the day he entered the temple and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”

I was in a courtyard of the temple to listen to Him teach when I heard the commotion. Suddenly, I saw Him overturning the tables of the merchants and money changers. He was screaming at them and charging after them. I was shocked! I’ve been following Him since I accidentally got caught in the crowd at the Sermon on the Mount, a day that changed my life. He spoke about who is blessed and what we must do to live a life pleasing to God as if He was God. Could He be our long-awaited Messiah?

Many people think that I am crazy for following a prophet who consorts with women adulterers, tax collectors, and lepers. But one day, I saw Him tell a paralyzed man to get up and walk, and He’s worked a miracle of sorts in my own heart. It is difficult for me to think of Samaritans as my neighbors, but I am trying.

Back to the temple: no one can remember anything like this, and the authorities are furious because they make a fortune on those “businesses.” I, too, am for kicking them out of our holiest site, but I am trying to reconcile this angry Jesus with the man who tells us to turn the other cheek. He was so powerful— like God Himself— by cleansing the temple. More than ever, I wonder if Jesus is our Messiah.

Our prophets have always angered the authorities. Poor John the Baptist lost his head for much less than this. I am sure the authorities will retaliate against Jesus. But how? Now I must ask myself what it means to follow Jesus since it is obvious He is very serious about what He has to say.

I’m afraid that we will also have to risk angering the authorities and that we might have to suffer some consequences. However, if I believe in Jesus, as I truly do, what other choice do I have?

Question of the Day: None, simply place yourself in the temple and think.

Prayer: Jesus, I trust in you!


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