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

Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord

Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Sylvester I (285-+335) Patron Saint of Benedictines

First John 2:18-21; Psalm 96:1-2, 11-12, 13; John 1:1-18

Photographic image of Johannes Brahms, Composer

I want to share a wonderful story with you about the great German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). It tells how he used to sit down with today’s passage from the Gospel every morning when he composed one of his compositions. He would read it repeatedly until he found that place in his creative heart that was fully open and ready to be expressed on paper. Only when he was so at peace within himself and so connected with God did he take up his paper and writing instrument and begin composing.

Today is the final day of 2020. It has been a year that has seen an ongoing pandemic, social injustice, mass violence in our cities, political bickering, and much more. However, on this final day of the year, it seems to me that we need the kind of grace-filled creativity shown by Maestro Brahms.

Brahms had the kind of creativity that stems from a deep and faith-filled connection with the Word. This type of creativity is rooted in the knowledge of the Word that leads to significant action. It is the kind of creativity that remembers the past and seeks to see the future with God’s eyes.

I would suggest that you sit and read John’s Gospel (1:1-18) several times during the day and determine the vision that God offers you. You may not wish to read John’s text as frequently as Brahms did; however, it did work for him.

Question of the Day: What will you use to inspire others that Jesus is the light of the world?

Prayer: “Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!” (Psalm 96)


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