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. 

We are very grateful to Deacon Anthony Cincotta, who has offered to share his daily reflections with us for the past year and a half. Deacon Anthony is retiring from his writings of daily reflections, and we wish him our love and warm wishes in his new endeavors. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

1 Peter 1:10-16, Psalm 98:1, 203ab, 3cd-4, & Mark 10:28-31

In today's Gospel passage, Peter responds to Jesus' statement to the young man in yesterday's Gospel. Peter reminds our Lord, "We have given up everything and followed you." Jesus responses to Peter saying that anyone who gives up family, home, job, or land for His sake will receive a reward so great that the individual will receive a hundred times more than they gave up.

Our Lord reminds us, His new disciples, that He desires "our all." He doesn't want lukewarm, casual disciples. Instead, He longs for wholehearted love and deep commitment from His followers. If we are sincerely committed to Jesus and honestly "give our all," we will receive a hundred times more than we have given.

It is not always easy for us to "give our all" to Jesus. There are so many distractions and so many other inducements in the world that alter our course. We can easily wander away from Jesus. No one else can choose for us. Only we can make this decision to stay on course. What will you decide?

Question of the Day: Will you follow Jesus, even if the cost seems too great?

Prayer: "The Lord has made known His salvation." (Psalm 98)


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