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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

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-30, &

Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

Saint Luke in today's Gospel focuses on the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. He writes, "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit." The news of Jesus' return spread far and wide in Galilee, where He taught in the synagogues and listeners praised His teaching.

Then, Jesus proceeded to Nazareth, where He was raised. He arrived on the Sabbath, and He immediately went to the synagogue. He selected a scroll from the prophet Isaiah, unrolled it, and read a passage, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." Our Lord then handed the scroll to the attendant and looked at the people intently. With great conviction, He said, "Today, this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."

Jesus invites each one of us to share in His ministry. He has anointed us and sent us to "proclaim liberty to captives, give sight to the blind, free the oppressed and proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." Our call is to heal and preach His Word no matter who we are, even as we do not have the ability to "free" every captive. However, if we love each other unconditionally, our love and care may "free" those of their loneliness or despair. Or perhaps, we may nurse someone's oppression of body, mind, and spirit. We are not Jesus, though Jesus has commissioned us to be His disciples on earth. As His disciples, we must heed His call to share the Good News and help anyone in need.

Today, as well as every day, may we be attentive to the individuals we may encounter who may be "bound." May we strive to open the mind, body, and spirit of those who need to hear the "glad tidings" of Jesus. We are all called to walk in Jesus' footsteps, and if we do so, we may give a simple but wonderful gift to a person in need.

Question of the Day: How will you relate to others that Jesus' Words are "spirit and light?"

Prayer: "Look toward the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed." (Psalm 34)


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