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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

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Henry II—Emperor (972-+1024) Patron Saint of the Disadvantaged

Book of Exodus 2:1-15a, Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34, & Matthew 11:20-24

Today's Gospel narrative follows the passage where Herod has John the Baptist arrested and eventually beheaded. In Jesus' tone of voice, you may notice that He seems to take up the "prophetic voice" that John had used during his public ministry. However, you might also discern that our Lord has a touch more anger in His words. We can take His words to be an accusation against specific towns (Chorazin and Bethsaida) and also against an entire generation because they rejected the Baptist's message.

Jesus speaks of the "mighty deeds," the signs and miracles, not only His but those of John, as well, which should have led to repentance and conversion. If those who witnessed these didn't convert them, what then are the signs or miracles that point the way to Go for us in today's world?

Do we look to Pope Francis, our bishops, or our priests for divine guidance? Do we try to seek God's voice in the people around us—at home and elsewhere? Can we even identify what is trustworthy or fake news? Do we seek answers in our prayer life?

Friends, the answer may be that we must open our eyes and hearts to all things the lead us to God. Our job is to determine what we need to filter out to discern the genuine signs of God's voice in our lives. It could be something of nature or a baby's smile. It could be a song or gentle rain. No matter what it is, rest assured God had something to do with it.

Today, we remember and reflect on the mighty deeds of Jesus. Listen to His voice and "harden not your hearts." His gift to us is bringing God's healing peace, which allows us to be rescued from what we have done and what we have failed to do.

Question of the Day: Will you reflect on today's Responsorial Psalm, "Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live"?

Prayer: "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts."



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