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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 Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Memorial Feast: Saint Paul of the Cross (1694-+1775) Mystic and Founder of the Passionists

Letter of Saint Paul of the Ephesians 2:12-22; Psalm 85:9-14; Luke 12:35-38

In today’s Gospel narrative of Saint Luke, the theme may cause us to create various reactions as to its meaning. For some, unfortunately, it might bring to mind death and judgement at the hands of a seemingly harsh and punishing God. It also may signal the need to be alert and responsive to a loving and forgiving God, who is present and working in our lives through the lives of others.

However, I have another thought on readiness that may be possible. The servants in today’s story might be those who are committed to service in the Church. They may be involved in liturgy, religious education or formation, social outreach, etc. The spreading of God’s kingdom does not just happen—we all know that much effort is required.

In the parable, the reversal of cultural roles is obvious. The master is waiting on the servants. It does not merely point up reward for efforts, but it also provides an example of loving service to others. Jesus came to us not to be served, but to serve. He calls us to a life of service, in which we care for others.

Question of the Day: Will you set an example of service to others, especially to those who need only a “small push” to live a life of charity?

Prayer: Father, allow me to serve others with a joyful heart, always giving, never expecting anything in return. Teach me to give of my time, talent and treasure with gentleness, compassion and tenderness. Amen.


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