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 Second Week in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28, & Mark 2:23-28



Our Gospel narrative for today is the account of the Pharisees criticizing Jesus' disciples for walking through a field of grain because as they walk along, they pick some of the grains. The complaint centers around the fact that they were picking the grain on the Sabbath.


Jesus quietly responds to their complaint by reminding the Pharisees that when David and his companions were hungry, David had the audacity to go into the house of God and to eat bread that only the priests were allowed to eat. He also tells them that the Sabbath was created for human beings, not human beings for the Sabbath.


As Christians, most of us do not refer to Sundays as the Sabbath. However, for many, Sunday has become just another day of the week in today's world. For others, Sunday may only be a day when they do not have to go to work, and God may not be in their thoughts at all on Sundays. For some, like yourself, I believe that God is and will remain an essential part of your life.


To sustain our lives, we need to nourish our bodies with earthly food. In order to sustain our immortal souls, we must nourish our bodies with the "Bread of Life." The Holy Eucharist is the "Source and Summit of our Faith" and is the food that lasts forever.


Question of the Day: Will you enrich your life by attending Holy Mass and by receiving the Body of Christ regularly?


Prayer: "Though many, we are one bread, one body, for we all partake of the one Bread and one Chalice." (1 Cor 10:17)

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