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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-Second Week in Ordinary Time

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11, Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14, & Luke 4:31-37

In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus teaches with authority. "He taught them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at His teaching because he spoke with authority." We also hear, "What is there about His word? For with authority and power, He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out."

Where did Jesus get this authority? We know that it came from His Father. We know that Jesus loves His Father and lived in continual communion with Him. All His words and His deeds flowed from this communion.

Friends, our Lord was not naïve about the presence of evil in the world. He was continually assaulted by evil forces and evil spirits—forces which eventually led to His crucifixion. Despite this, He never yielded to despair, always remaining confident in the Father's love and care. His anguished cry on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me," reveals the depth of His anguish, but His final sigh uncovers the depths of His trust, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

We need to follow Jesus' example and trust in the Father. Often our world seems more dominated by evil forces destructive of human life and dignity than by forces supporting human life. We may even wonder whether the power of evil is stronger than the power of good.

Our challenge is the same as Jesus'—to live in communion with God, the Father. Our Father is the creator and sustainer of the universe. The world is in God's hands! As we allow ourselves to be aligned more and more with God's power, we become increasingly convinced with Saint Paul that "nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" and that the power of good in us is stronger than the power of evil.

Question of the Day: How will you combat the evil forces in the world and live in communion with Jesus and our Father in heaven?

Prayer: "A great prophet has arisen in our midst, and God has visited His people."



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