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-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feasts: Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr—(907-+935) Patron Saint of Bohemia; Saint Lawrence Ruiz and Companions Martyrs— (15941+1637) Patron Saint of The Philippines and Migrant Workers

Zechariah 8:20-23, Psalm 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, & Luke 9:51-56

"Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"

I hope that our Lords' rebuke of James and John wasn't too harsh. In suggesting that the inhospitable Samaritan villagers be consumed by fire from heaven, they copied the prophet, Elijah.

Elijah kills more than one hundred of his pursuers in the beginning passages of the second Book of Kings by calling down fire from heaven to get the job done. James and John must have figured that what was good for Elijah was suitable for Jesus, but Jesus had other ideas.

Jesus appears to focus on nothing less than a radical transformation of human nature. Of course, it is human nature to behave like James and John. They, along with Jesus, had been rejected. Guess what? Rejection hurts, and they want to cause pain back. I suspect that all of us have at one time or another wanted to lash out, or far worse, to do physical harm to someone. At that very moment, we need Jesus to quench our anger and calm us down.

Jesus' rebuke of James and John seems a deliberate effort to differentiate Himself from the prophet Elijah. Instead of calling down heaven's fury on those who reject Him, Jesus quietly pursues His aim, salvation, peace—NOT destruction. He chooses peace, then passes on to another village.

Today, my prayer is that the Lord will help us remember how to choose peace for ourselves and stop worrying about what others are doing, thereby leading us to peace. We should not forget that no matter how many times we are met with rejection, there is always another village on the road to our salvation.

Question of the Day: Are you willing to take the rejection of others using the example of our teacher and Lord, Jesus?

Prayer: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me, says the Lord." —Matthew 16:24



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