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

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha— (1656-+1680) Virgin, Patron Saint of Ecologists and Environmentalists

Book of Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12, Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, & Matthew 11:25-27

Most of us search for signs. That is, some indication that we are doing the right thing in God's eyes and making the right decisions in life. Wouldn't it be helpful if these signs could be as visible as the one Moses received from God in our first reading from the Book of Exodus? It's hard to miss a "burning bush." God asked Moses to do an enormous task; therefore, a shrub conflagration seemed an appropriate signal.

Moses, the great leader, wasn't so sure that he is up to the task, saying, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt." Might we sometimes allow the pressure of our bad habits or laziness to lead us away from the task at hand? Or, do we follow the example of Moses and eliminate the excuses and accomplish the job at hand because God is with us.

Today's Gospel narrative is simple yet powerful. It carries through the theme of how each of us is chosen by God. You do not have to be wise and studied since some things are revealed to the childlike. For all of us, this means that we can be chosen by God as a leader in our own lives, even as we continue to work on understanding and learning what that role should be and how we should live that life. Our relationship with God evolves and changes as we grow and change.

Friends, I doubt that God will produce a burning bush to get our attention. We still have to pay attention, we still have to pray, and we still have to be open to what God has in store for us. God is ALWAYS with us!

Question of the Day: How will you read the "signs" that God is in your life and is leading you to His heavenly kingdom?

Prayer: "Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom."



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