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 Third Week of Easter

Acts of the Apostles 9:31-42, Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17, & John 6:60-69



“Master, to whom shall we go?" Simon Peter’s words echo in our hearts. When we have opportunities to grow our lives deeper into Jesus, either through loving or suffering events, then we, too, can speak this belief, “…that You are the Holy One of God.”


There are times in our lives that we can also be like the disciples who didn’t understand Jesus’ Words. Often Jesus spoke in analogies such as, “I am the bread of life.” Some of those listeners walked away because they did not understand the meaning of plain bread as Holy Eucharist. Or they were baffled when Christ spoke of “the will of my Father.” How then could Jesus, the son of Mary and Joseph, be Son of the Father?


To ask questions to dig deeply into the mystery of God, I believe that is essential to growing in our faith. God never gets tired of our questions. Unfortunately, we do. When we don’t understand, we are tempted to give up and go away, just as His disciples sometimes did.


Friends, Jesus’ apostles finally did “get it.” As a result, the Catholic church was born, and Jesus’ name is above every name. After all, 1.329 billion Catholics can’t be wrong.

Questions of the Day: Where is it that I have been deficient in my life? How has God touched me, and where do I need God to touch me? How do I thank God for all of the gifts He has given to me?


Prayer: “Father, I pray for them, that they may be one in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me, says the Lord, alleluia.” (Jn. 17:20-21)

Prosit


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