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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 Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Book of Zechariah 2:5, 9. 14-15a, Psalm (Jeremiah) 31:10, 11-12, 13, & Luke 9:43-45

At least the first part of the story of Zechariah is in the setting of the Jews returning from the Babylonian exile and rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. In today's reading, we find a man who is about to measure Jerusalem to have a starting point, I suppose, with which to begin the rebuilding. However, before he can start measuring, an angel speaks to him, declaring that the Lord already has the plan and vision for rebuilding.

The Gospel narrative of Saint Luke is set in the context of Jesus as he begins to foretell the destruction of the temple of His body and its rebuilding in three days (John 2:19). The Lord certainly has the plan and vision for this destruction and rebuilding that is, as we hear, quite beyond the grasp of the disciples.

Have you ever thought about rebuilding and remodeling? Let's consider God's expansive vision and plan for the rebuilding and remodeling your life. A life beyond your wildest dreams. When we think of any act of rebuilding or remodeling, we might hear the Gospel's message during the "mess we find ourselves in."

We probably know the pain of wanting to be changed and yet being distrustful of changes and wanting to be worked on but being suspicious of the "worker." However messy, confusing, and scary it appears now, or endless the task may seem, our transformation will someday be complete and rewarded. There is much tearing out to do and much to give up. Imperfection must be torn out and corrected, not covered up. Perfection takes time.

Friends, we are not wasted space. We are temples of a Being greater than ourselves. Temples evolving to be dwelled in and brought to life; though we may not understand the plan or process —our "Rebuilder" does. We are God's and the place where He lives. Do not despair! A "Master Carpenter is making us."

Question of the Day: Are you ready to turn yourself over to God to be rebuilt?

Prayer: Father, strengthen us to look to you and trust you. Help our faith to endure until the time of joy and consolation appears. Amen.



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