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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

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint John Bosco (1888-+1934)—Priest, Patron Saint of Schoolchildren, Young People, Editors, Juvenile Delinquents

2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13, Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, & Mark 5:1-20

In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus heals the man with an "unclean spirit." The man had been dwelling among the tombs, and his disorder was so severe that no one could restrain him. Even a chain could not hold him. When the man caught sight of Jesus, he ran to Him, threw himself on the ground, and cried out, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?" Then the man begged Jesus not to torment him. Our Lord asked the spirit, "What is your name?" The demon replied to Him, "Legion is my name. There are many of us." Jesus immediately transferred the unclean spirits into a herd of swine, which rushed of the bank and drowned in the sea.

The story's end is good and bad. The good part was the man who suffered from the unclean spirits went home to his family and revealed what Jesus had done for him and then proclaimed the miracle to others, who were amazed. The bad was that the town's people had doubts and begged Him to leave their district.

Take time to remember some of the "wonders" that Jesus has done for you throughout your life. Some wonders may have been life-changing events, and others may have been more subtle or taken place over time. May we be amazed at the wonders of Jesus and proclaim Him to the world.

Question of the Day: Do you share with others how Jesus is present to you and how He blesses you?

Prayer: "A great prophet has arisen in our midst, and God has visited His people," Alleluia, alleluia.


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