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 Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Martin of Tours—Bishop (317-+397) Patron of Soldiers

Wisdom 7:22b-8:1, Psalm 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175, & Luke 17:20-25

Most young people have never heard of the Ed Sullivan Show. Those who do remember may know that he showcased the young Elvis Presley in the 1950s and the Beatles in the 1960s. If you performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, I suspect that you had made "the big time." One of the performers I remember was the great actress Helen Hayes. Her "act" was a simple recitation of Saint Paul's Letter to the Corinthians about charity. Of course, she did a superb job, and the literary beauty of those lines came to me in a particular way.

However, while the scriptures can be performed, read, or taught in a classroom as literature; usually, I wouldn't say I like the approach. Scripture is sacred works inspired by God and meant for the instruction of our minds and souls. If it is treated on the same level as mere words, it loses its powerful meaning.

Today's readings, however, are the exception to my previous opinion. We should demand that they be read aloud. I may still consider the lines from Wisdom, the Psalm, and Luke's Gospel narrative as statements of eternal truth and exhortations to improve our spiritual lives.

I suggest that you take the time to read and re-read today's words of inspiration and power. Then, thank God that He has given us ears to hear and eyes to see, and that He has given us words and His Holy Sacred Word. If only Helen Hayes were alive to speak those words to us today.

Question of the Day: How will you share the powerful Words of Sacred Scripture with your family and friends?

Prayer: "I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord: whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit."



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