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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 Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

November 10, 2020

Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Leo the Great (c.400-+461)

Letter of Saint Paul to Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 37:3-4, 128, 23, 27, 29;

Luke 17:7-10

As human beings, one of the most amazing features of our lives is the fact that we are bound by, moved by, and immersed in time. We can think about what happened yesterday, imagine what tomorrow might bring and, at the same time, live in the present. Many words have been written about just how to juggle all of that and whether knowing where you’ve come from, living in the present moment or thinking ahead to what may be.

The portion of the Letter to Titus chosen for today's reading talks about how to live “temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,” which is due to the appearance of the glory of the great God and our Savior Christ Jesus. However in our neat timeline, we must think about what might be missed is a fact from the past that remains effective in the present and propels us to our future.

Friend, please understand that I am not trying to confuse you with what I have reflected on so far. The deceptive simplicity of my statement uncovers for us the revelation of Jesus as God’s presence among us. This simple fact has changed many things, including the way we relate to time. In Jesus, God’s grace (His presence and strength) is not far-off, which means He is always with us. Neither is it once and done, or so far away that we cannot feel His presence in our lives. God’s grace appears each day hidden in faces and events all around us, as well as within us to help us to live temperately, justly, and devoutly.

Now, we can answer the question with amazement, but without fear: Are you living in the past, the present, or the future? In Jesus, we are living in all three. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Question of the Day: How will you reflect on God’s presence in your everyday life?

Prayer: Almighty Father, give me Your blessed hand. Let nothing separate me from you today and in all my tomorrows. Amen


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