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 Third Week in Ordinary Time

2 Samuel 12:1-7a, 10-17, Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17, & Mark 4:35-41



Jesus and His disciples are in a boat in today's Gospel passage, and suddenly a violent squall occurs, and they are in danger of being capsized. The disciples fear for their lives and beg Jesus to save them. Our Lord "rebukes" the wind and orders the storm and the sea, saying, "Quiet! Be still!" Immediately, the storm obeys Him.


Take a moment and remember a "fierce storm" in your life. What kind of emotions did you experience during that time? Did you turn to Jesus for help and strength? If you did, and the storm calmed down, were you grateful for Jesus' presence and assistance? Did you express your gratitude to Him immediately or afterward?


Friends, when storms arise in our lives, and they will, we need to trust Jesus despite His seeming lack of presence or action. Amid the storms, we cannot see clearly. We are often tossed around on rough seas as wave after wave crashes against us. Typically, only when the storm passes can we look back and realize that Jesus was at our side at every moment.


Today, thank Jesus for His presence. We thank Him for helping each of us survive the storms in our lives. Remember to be patient and steadfast in your call for assistance, and they will eventually manifest themselves clearly to you.


Question of the Day: Will you place your trust in Jesus to calm the storms in your life?


Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the patience to wait for our gift and graces to manifest in our lives. We know they will come; we trust in You. Amen.

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