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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 Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 11:1-2a,11-12, 25-29, Psalm 94:12-12, 14-15, 17-18, & Luke 14:1, 7-11

When we consider Paul's background, it is hardly surprising to see him trying to come to grips with how God's promise explicitly given to Israel might also extend to the Gentiles. I do not believe that we consider this as important as Paul did. I think that we are more intrigued by the underlying thought that God shows any favoritism.

Why did God choose to give a unique combination of gifts to each one of us and seemingly show some of us greater favor? It would be foolish for us to think that we could explain God's plans about anything with any accuracy. Yet, I suspect that the answer is at the root of our identity and the relationship with God which that identity makes possible.

Friends, God invites each of us to come to Him on a separate and individual path, and each of us must make that journey with some solitude. No one can live our lives for us, learn our lessons, or undergo our trials. Therefore, we must take responsibility for the way we respond to God's love in the way we live our lives, and we must accept the dignity that God offers us along with it. It will take all our time on Earth to discover just what God's promise is to each of us and our response to finding out what our talents and weaknesses mean in terms of that relationship.

Our differences, gifts, shortcomings, and the little glimpses of truth that each of us has made us like pieces of a picture puzzle. What we offer others and receive from them makes us part of the whole, binds us together, and shows the greater truth that is God's love for us.

Question of the Day: Do you believe that "The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable?"

Prayer: "The Lord will not abandon His people." (Psalm 94)



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