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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

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Book of Numbers 11:25-29, Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14, James 5:1-6, &

Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

In today's readings, we hear about people trying to stop others from doing good works, praising God, or helping others. Is it me, or does that sound peculiar to you as well? It seems that it is our job to do good works, praise God, and help others. If our goal is to follow Jesus, as it should be, that is what we should be doing. However, in Mark's Gospel narrative, Jesus is told that someone He does not know is driving out demons in His name, and it should be discontinued. Jesus says, "Do not prevent him." Our Lord is telling us that the person is following Him and doing His work. Therefore, can anyone be against Jesus by doing good works? Anyone doing good works and praising God is following Jesus. Moreover, those who should be stopped are the ones who are leading others to sin.

This kind of occurrence is not new. When God spoke to Moses, others were prophesying as well. Moses was asked if they should be stopped, but he said that anyone delivering the Word of the Lord should be allowed to do so. Moses was not the only one capable of hearing the Word of God and proclaiming it. Everyone should speak the Word of the Lord.

Moses heard the Word of the Lord and proclaimed it, and he encouraged others to do the same. Jesus calls on everyone to follow Him. The best way to do that is to proclaim the Word of the Lord, praise Him, and do His works. If we are for God, we can never be against Him. Those leading others to sin will, one day, will wish they had not. Those proclaiming the Word of the Lord and following Him will not lose their reward.

Question of the Day: How will you encourage others to praise God do good works for others as part of your faith journey?

Prayer: "This is how we know what love is; Christ gave up His life for us, and we, too, must give up our lives for our brothers." —1 John 3:16



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