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

Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 13:5-12, 17-18, Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14, Philippians 3:17-4:1,

& Luke 9:28b-36



Today's Gospel of Saint Luke is the account of Jesus' Transfiguration. We hear how our Lord took Peter, John, and James up a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, His face was "transfigured," and His clothing became dazzling white. Then, Moses and Elijah appeared in glory and conversed with Jesus. They spoke of Jesus' departure, which was to occur in Jerusalem.


Interestingly, His three disciples fell asleep. When they awoke, they saw Jesus in His Glory along with Moses and Elijah. Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Luke then reveals that Peter did not know what he was saying. While Peter was still speaking, a cloud overshadowed them. The disciples became frightened when a voice spoke from the cloud and said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him."


Friends, have you ever considered the significance of this mysterious appearance? Peter, James, and John were asleep when most of the events on the mountainside occurred. When they woke up, they discovered the Transfiguration of Jesus along with Moses and Elijah. I wonder how much we missed of 'God's Glory' because we, too, are 'asleep' spiritually. Our unexamined lives can keep us from being spiritually open-eyed. Is it because we are frantically occupied with our daily lives? Is it possible that we are asleep to the reminder that Jesus IS the beloved Son of the Father and that we should listen to Him?


God made a covenant with us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This covenant comes to us as our history with promises and directions. This past is contained in the Old and New Testaments, and its assurances are made in terms of the life to come. The directive is that we are to listen to God's beloved Son, who tells us that we, too, are His beloved.


Question of the Day: How awake, alert, and attentive are you to Jesus?


Prayer: "From the shining cloud, the Father's voice is heard. "This is my beloved Son, hear Him."

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