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

Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

"This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him."

James 3:1-10, Psalm 12:2-3, 4-5, 7-8, & Mark 9:2-13



Today, we experience the Gospel account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Our Lord decides to take Peter, James, and John up to a mountain. When they arrived at the top, Jesus transformed before them, and His clothing became dazzling white. Then Elijah and Moses appeared, and they began to converse with Jesus.


After a time, Peter said, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Perhaps, Peter did not know what else to say because he and the others were in awe of what they were seeing. Then a cloud came and overshadowed them. A voice from the cloud, said, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him." Then the disciples realized that no one else was with them, only Jesus. Why were the disciples so astounded? After all, not long ago on the Feast of the Epiphany, had Jesus' identity been revealed to them.


How do you react when something unusual happens in your life? Typically, we take time to absorb our unexpected or unusual reality. However, the essential words were spoken, as we hear today, from "the cloud." which is our call every day. We are to attend to Jesus' presence in our lives and listen for His "voice." Throughout our lives, Jesus will come to us. However, if we are not awake or attentive, we will miss Him altogether.


Question of the Day: When you hear Jesus' voice will you heed His words and apply them to your life?


Prayer: "He who is might has done great things for me, and holy is His name." —Luke 1:49

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