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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 Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27, Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11, & Luke 16:9-15

It is so assuring that our Lord Jesus always goes right to the heart of the matter. He never lets us get away with the temptation to say, "I can't keep the different parts of my life separate. There is no relationship between how I manage my work life, home life, relationships, possessions, reputation, and relationship with God. I'm probably just not relating with God well right now because, in my day-to-day life, I'm just too busy." Sound familiar?

Our Lord reminds me that there is only one me. I cannot successfully get away with saying, "Lord, I want to be your servant, but I want to pick and choose what areas of my life in which I'll serve you."

How we live our lives is how we relate to God. Our relationship with God is all about the spirit with which we go to work in the morning, the faith that shapes how we love and care for our family, and the grace we rely on from God to face the mystery of life and death each day. Our relationship with God is as much about what sacrifices we become comfortable making as it does if we go to Mass and whether we take time for formal prayer each day.

The "mystery" Jesus opens for us is the pure reality of this connection between how we make dozens of choices each day and the theme that stands with God. Jesus tells us that God sees the relationship between the various and sometimes conflicting desires in our hearts. He is inviting us to more profound integrity about who we are and who we should be.

Friends, wouldn't it be wonderful to ask ourselves, "To whom and to what do I give myself today?" That will often lead us to ask ourselves, "Can I give myself to God in giving myself to this person, to this desire, to this pattern of behavior, or this addiction?" It will then often lead us to ask, "What giving of myself will express how I want to give of myself to God today?"

Consider making a copy of this reflection and read the questions that I have presented, reflect, and then answer them. I certainly will.

Prayer: "No servant can serve two masters; he will either hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. (Luke 16:13)



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