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. 

We are very grateful to Deacon Anthony Cincotta, who has offered to share his daily reflections with us for the past year and a half. Deacon Anthony is retiring from his writings of daily reflections, and we wish him our love and warm wishes in his new endeavors. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Acts of the Apostles 15:1-6, Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5, & John 15:1-8

Dear Lord Jesus,

I am so very grateful for Your Words this day. You are the vine. I am the branch. Apart from You, I can do nothing.

Today, You remind me that when I feel “dry and withered” and able to “do nothing,” because I am trying to do my work “apart” from You. Those times I feel disconnected. It seems so clear this morning. As a branch, I try to empower myself to “bear fruit,” and to my disappointment, when the fruit does not come, or the fruit turns out to be bitter, I become angry. On the very worst of those days, Lord, You must smile at my arrogance, knowing that I pull away because I think I can produce better fruit on my own.

Please continue to prune and heal my independence and stubborn self-reliance. Let me make my home in You, as you make Yours in me. Let my dry and drooping branch be refreshed today. Help me stay connected to Your Holy Words. Send Your life coursing through me; I so want the fruit I bear to be full of Your life. That is how I want my “yield” to increase.

Lord Jesus, You living in me, me living in You, this is what I ask.

Gratefully, humbly, lovingly,

Your son—Anthony

Question of the Day: How will your life bear fruit in the name of Jesus, our Savior?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my happiness and my life. Let me always be near You and let me serve You faithfully, even though at times I may not succeed. Amen.



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