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 Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

James 1:12-18, Psalm 94:12-15, 18-19, & Mark 8:14-21



In today’s Gospel account, we learn that the apostles, too, can be absent-minded. They had forgotten to bring food for their journey, only having one loaf of bread on the boat while at sea. Jesus was not concerned about the lack of food or their hunger. He was instructing them to be on guard with the Pharisees and to be aware of the “leaven” of Herod. However, the apostles were only focused on having their hunger satisfied. As a result, our Lord asked them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened?"

I wonder if Jesus gets as aggravated with all of us as He did with His disciples. I would not be surprised! At times, we become so focused on what we want, think, or feel that we do not recognize, recall or trust in the many gifts that we have received. It is easy to let our hearts become “hardened.” We want what we want, so we do not recognize all that Jesus gifts us.


May we let go of our plan of what we think we need and have gratitude for the many immeasurable and subtle blessings that God has and will give us this day and every day.


Question of the Day: How will you remember to thank God for all your blessings?


Prayer: Lord, may I love you as you love me. Amen.

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