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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 Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 6, 2020

Memorial Feast: Saint Bruno, Priest (1033-+1101) Patron Saint of Those Possessed

Memorial Feast: Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin (1811-+1849)

Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 1:13-24; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14,

14-15; Luke 10:38-42

One of the relevant faith messages for the Christian Community from today’s scripture readings has to do with total openness and honesty.

In our first reading, Paul was well aware of the hostility and criticism leveled against him in many churches he visited. After all, he was known to be one of the leaders of those who had persecuted the early “Followers of the Way.” He was not one of the original apostles, nor did he ever meet Jesus and learn from Him, as His other disciples did.

Paul defended himself by leveling with the Galatian community in every detail of his life and teaching. He hides nothing of his defects or his credentials. He explains the 'why' and the 'wherefore' of every action and activity. That is why Paul could write with confidence that his people glorified God because of me. His honesty and openness,

the best policy of course, not only exonerated him but endeared him to his congregations.

In our Gospel narrative, poor Martha hides and covers her true motivation and it backfires on her. Like her sister Mary, Martha was looking for the attention of Christ.

Her approach was a super elegant banquet and was more than working overtime to make it come off with perfection. Only it wasn’t working. Neither Jesus nor Mary was really paying her any attention.

Martha pretends that she needs Mary‘s help in the kitchen. “Tell her to help me.”

If Martha was really honest with herself she would have admitted that her true

hurt was her failure to be in touch with Jesus. She blamed her sister for her failure.

We learn that Mary had chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.

Just as we learned from the honesty of Saint Paul in our first reading—true candor

and utter honesty will never keep us from being in “touch” with our Lord, Jesus.

Question of the Day: Do you believe in being open and honest in your open proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I promise to be obedient and faithful to You until death. Amen.


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