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 First Week in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20, Psalm 40: 2-5. 7-10, & Mark 1:29-39


In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus cures Simon Peter's mother-in-law. This act shows that the disciples of our Lord freely brought their troubles to Him. Why? Because Simon knew that his Lord could deal with any difficulty, affliction, or sickness they encountered. We too often call on Jesus to help us in our time of need. Regardless of our condition, we experience great comfort in knowing that He is always available to us to bring us comfort and consolation. Please consider the words of Saint Jerome:


"Jesus is always here offering Himself to us; He stands in our midst, but we do not recognize Him (Jn. 1:26.) If we are unable to seize His hand, let us prostrate ourselves at His feet. If we are unable to reach His head, let us wash His feet with our tears (Luke 7:38) our sins give off a terrible odor, but if we repent, they will be transformed into perfume by Him. Therefore, let us ask the Lord to grasp our hands as He says to us, 'the fever left her.'"


May Jesus, the Divine Physician, heal us of all our infirmities.


Question of the Day: How do you express your gratitude to God for the blessings you have received?


Prayer: "Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will." (Psalm 40)

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