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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-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Teresa of Calcutta—(1910-+1997) Patron Saint of World Youth Day, Missionaries of Charity, Archdiocese of Calcutta

Colossians 1:21-23, Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8, & Luke 6:1-5

Today's readings seem to flow so gently in reminding us to choose to live a life in relationship with God. We then trust that, while we make human errors, God will forgive us if we ask, and we do our very best to correct our mistakes.

Our Gospel narrative reminded me of the ideal of "doing what is right because it is the right thing to do" and not basing our actions on "because it's the law." Jesus mentions David to the Pharisees, and I thought about how important role models are for people. I know that I chose certain actions over others because of the impact of role models and life experiences. Of course, we add Jesus to the equation and ask, "WWJD?"

The Lord Jesus is undoubtedly our foremost role model, along with the people in our lives that we respect because of their faith and the choices they have made about how to live life day-to-day.

A final thought, while reading today's Psalm, about my "partnership" with God, "Hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth." I consider prayer a joint effort between the Lord and myself to be open to His plans in my petitions. The Psalm continues, Behold, God is my helper." You bet He is! All I have to do is open myself up to His words and ask the Lord to be with me. What is it that I ask Him the most? Lord, please let me live and lead a "Christ-like" life, Amen.

Question of the Day: Before you are about to make a critical decision, will you place your trust in God and ask for His guidance?

Prayer: "Jesus has made Himself the Bread of life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to Adoration."

—Saint Teresa of Calcutta



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