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 First Week in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel, Psalm 1 Sm. 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd, & Mark 1:21-28



In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus is "working" on the Sabbath in a synagogue. Additionally, He will upset everyone by choosing to cure someone on the Sabbath, a double challenge indeed.


The Gospel shows that Jesus is a dynamic, eloquent, and persuasive teacher and, "the people were astonished at His brilliance." Next is the account of the exorcism with the evil spirits identifying Jesus as the Messiah mixed in between the theme of Jesus' power, that is, the power of His Word. He not only speaks the truth; He also does it. Finally, we learn the synagogue members recognized that Jesus had a new teaching. They, however, did not realize the 'Good News' that He was not just from God but actually the Son of God.


How fortunate we are to know the "Truth." As we receive the Risen Lord in the Eucharist, let pray that He helps us become more holy, as He is Holy. Let us understand that He is the Way and the Truth that leads us to His Father.


Question of the Day: Do you recognize God's Truth is different from many of the false truths of men?


Prayer: "Receive the Word of God, not as the word of me, but as it truly is, the Word of God. Alleluia, alleluia."

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