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 Fourth Week of Advent

First Book of Samuel 1:24-28; Psalm – 1 Samuel 2; Luke 1:46-56

This hymn in the Gospel of Saint Luke is one of the most beautiful passages of writing in all of Sacred Scripture. It is known as the Canticle of Mary or simply The Magnificat. Placed within this holy week, it serves as a reminder of what God has done, what He is doing, and what He will do for His chosen people. It reminds me to remember, sometimes in gentle ways, sometimes in not-so-gentle ways, of what the Lord has done for me over the past year. During this time of the year, with all our preparations for the celebration of Christmas, it is possible to lose sight of how the Lord is working within us. We are yet again reminded to prepare for the Lord’s eventual return during a time of year when we turn inward to ourselves and our families and friends.

My point is a simple one; Advent is not a “relaxing or nesting” time. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world, and we should take part in that work! The beautiful season of Advent asks us to take stock of our hearts, our minds, and our entire being to see how we have responded to God’s unconditional gift of love for us. That gift is His only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the most precious gift we could ever receive.

Questions of the Day: How has the Lord shown strength in your life? How have you acted with compassion and justice? Does the Canticle of Mary help you focus on what is really important; how much the Lord loves you and how you are to give that love to others?

Prayer: Father, may we love You in all things. May we reach the joy which You have prepared for us in heaven. Nothing is good that is against Your Will, and all that is good come from Your Hand. Place in our hearts a desire to please You and fill our minds with thoughts of Your Love so that we may grow in Your Wisdom and enjoy Your Peace. Amen.


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