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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 within the Octave of Easter

Acts of the Apostle 2:36-41, Psalm 33:4-5. 18-19, 20 and 22, & John 20:11-18

Today's readings celebrate the Risen Christ. In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter proclaims that Jesus is Lord God and Savior. He tells preachers, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation," a line that seems to apply to our twenty-first-century world. The Psalm sings, "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord," and each day, I can personally choose to believe that the world is redeemed and renewed by the Risen Christ.

John's Gospel narrative has the beautiful Easter scene of Mary Magdalen at the tomb, ending with her reporting the face of Christ's Resurrection to the disciples. The grieving Mary Magdalen sees the angels, and then she sees but does not at first recognize the Risen Christ. Jesus calls her name; she recognizes Him and calls Him "Teacher." Jesus gives Mary the assignment to tell His disciples that He is, "Going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalen is the "Apostle to the Apostles" and does her Lord's bidding.

Today, we pray that we may follow Saint Mary Magdalen's example and hear Jesus, in some way calling us personally by name, and may we recognize Him and call, "Teacher." Additionally, we pray we hear Him tell us what work we have to do for Him this Tuesday of the Octave of Easter.

Question of the Day: How will you put to use the teachings of Jesus in your life and the lives of others?

Prayer: "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 3:15.



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