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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-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Denis—(c.250-+258 or 270) and Companions, Martyrs, Patron Saint of the French monarchy

Joel 4:12-21, Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12, & Luke 11:27-28

One short verse in Luke's Gospel, with so few words, says so much:

"While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed. He replied, rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."

'Christ and the Canaanite Woman' by Pieter Lastman, circa 1623.

Without peeking at what came before or what follows, these two sentences should certainly captivate our imagination. The following scene comes to my mind. A middle-aged woman is standing in the crowd. The person of Jesus entrances her. Initially, she is drawn by the "magnetism" of this handsome young man. As she listens, she is moved by the gentleness of His eyes and the ease of His body language. His words deliver a message that resonates deep within her. His words of comfort, encouragement, acceptance, and forgiveness are not ones she has not heard—They are messages of love.

Just as Mary could not contain the Spirit within her as she dashed off to share her good news with Elizabeth, so this unknown woman, who could not contain the Spirit within her. Jesus, could not contain His love for her. Imagine His arms stretched wide in a loving and welcoming gesture of inclusion. Jesus did not in any way deny His love and very intimate relationship with His mother, but He was emphatically drawing the woman to himself.

The good news message for us today is that God's desire for us is deep within each of us and calls us to a deep and personal relationship with Him. Our unique expression of holiness sings the praises of God and hopefully releases the Spirit into the community, just as the unnamed woman did.

Questions of the Day: How is the Holy Spirit moving within you? In what small quiet ways do you sing the praises of God? What is your unique expression of the holiness of God?

Prayer: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."



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