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

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, & Matthew 8:5-11



Advent is our time of waiting for the Lord. It is a peculiar time of hoping for God’s presence, healing, and peace. As Christians celebrate Advent, our Hebrew brothers and sisters celebrate Hanukkah, a time of light and freedom. Our Muslim friends fast and pray during Ramadan. A holy time of year indeed.


Today, our readings speak of “climb the Lord’s Mountain” or “go up to the House of the Lord.” Each religion has its way of “climbing the mountain of the Lord” or being present to God who calls to our hearts.


The Centurion in Matthew’s Gospel narrative came to Jesus to beg for healing for his servant. When Jesus said He would come to visit his home and meet the boy, the Centurion’s reply of faith was, “Only say the word and my servant will be healed” because, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.” Our Lord Jesus, in His healing of the servant, spoke of the man’s deep faith.


How often have you felt “not worthy?” Is this true—Are we not worthy of God’s immense love for us? God created us, each worthy of love. God made us in His image and likeness, and we grow each day to be more in the image of God’s unconditional love.


Friends, God comes to each of us and lives deeply in our hearts. No matter which religion we profess, know there is a God who can give us comfort and courage. Belief provides us with the strength and love to follow Him as we give Him our unconditional love in return.


Question of the Day: How will you remain “worthy” for the Lord to enter under your roof?


Prayer: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122)


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