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 Fifth Week of Lent

Book of the Prophet Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95, Psalm (Daniel 3:52-56), &

John 8:31-42

Here is a question you may have heard me ask, "Do you sometimes feel that you are too busy to pray?" Come on now, be honest; shake your head up and down and say, "yes."

Many of us are so busy that we can miss God's presence and His invitation in our lives.

In today's Gospel narrative of Saint John, people are arguing with Jesus. They push His words away and listen only to their voices. They fail to hear the message of our Lord, who came forth from God to teach them and to be with them.

Friend, perhaps in these final days of Lent, you might take up this challenge. I invite you to follow the advice of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who asked others to spend a few minutes reflecting on how God had been present during their day. Specifically, how has God blessed you through others' service and through holy desires to pray and help others?

During our life's journey, we are called to follow the Words of Jesus to ensure that we are on the right path. The path Jesus lays out is one of faith and trust, putting nothing before God in our lives. His reminder is a simple one, "If you remain in my Word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Question of the Day: Will you take time for daily prayer and feel the freedom it brings to you?

Prayer: "Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance."



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