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 Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Peter Damian (1007-+1072)—Cardinal and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Popes and Rome


James 3:13-18, Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15, & Mark 9:14-29



In today’s Gospel, a man brings his son, possessed by a mute spirit, to Jesus. The man asks Jesus’ disciples to drive the spirit out, but they are unable to do so. When Jesus hears this, He says, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?” Our Lord then tells the father to bring his son to Him. When the spirits see Jesus, they immediately throw the boy into convulsions. The child falls to the ground and begins to foam at the mouth. Jesus asked the father a few questions about his child. Finally, the father asks Jesus to have compassion for the boy.


Jesus says to the father, “If you can! Everything is possible to one who has faith.” The father immediately cries out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Much to the crowd’s amazement, Jesus draws the unclean spirit out of the boy and pulls him to his feet. What healing would you ask of our Lord? It may be for you, someone you love, or it might be for our broken and hurting world. If you are uncertain that Jesus will answer your prayer, cry out to Him, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Trust Jesus!

Question of the Day: Do you trust Jesus to hear your prayers and be healed?


Prayer: 'Lord Jesus, let Your grace supply everything I lack.' Amen.

(Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle)

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