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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

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Memorial Feast: Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-+1548)—Patron of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas

Isaiah 41:13-20, Psalm 145:1-9, 10-13, & Matthew 11:11-15

Friends, we are rapidly approaching the third Sunday of Advent. Our readings remind us that Advent truly is a beginning. It is a beginning that we make from nothing, like all true beginnings. The prophet Isaiah vividly illustrates this with the image of mountains being threshed and crushed, hills turned like chaff, and all of it scattered by the storm. We see God reducing it all to nothing to reinforce the point that "the hand of the Lord has done this."

Beginnings are scary. Remember how you felt walking into your first day of a new school? Perhaps that wasn't as frightening as seeing mountains turned to dust or dying on the sword, but if we are honest, we can admit that all beginnings are tinged with a little fear.

We need a little of that in Advent. Not trembling fear, but a slight tinge to remind ourselves that it is a beginning, something new, not just the humdrum of shopping and the Christmas card list. God truly gave us a new start by taking the form of a human infant born in the humblest of places so that we may have a new beginning just by accepting Him.

Question of the Day: God wants to do so much for you. God wants to save you. How will you respond to this offer?

Prayer: "Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. Alleluia, Alleluia."


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