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. 

We are very grateful to Deacon Anthony Cincotta, who has offered to share his daily reflections with us for the past year and a half. Deacon Anthony is retiring from his writings of daily reflections, and we wish him our love and warm wishes in his new endeavors. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 12:36-32, 13-33-34, Psalm 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22, & Mark 8:1-10



In today's Gospel passage, our Lord presents us with examples of how to love one another. He does it through the familiar miraculous event of feeding the huge crowd with only seven loaves and a few fish. The assemblage ate until they were satisfied. Later, they picked up the fragments and filled seven baskets. The crowd numbered about four thousand people.


Do you remember a time when you felt you did not have 'enough'? Maybe you were lacking love, food, time, resources, work, or enough care from others. How did you respond to that particular circumstance? Did you bring your issue to God to help you cope?


In a few days it will be Valentine's Day. Perhaps, we could pause for a few minutes and reflect on what gift of love we will give to our family, friends, or perfect strangers. What is the best gift you can give to them? Love can be shown even in a simple smile or a small, good deed.

Question of the Day: How will you return your gifts from God to others?


Prayer: "Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people." (Psalm 106)


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