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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

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Memorial Feast: Saint John of Kanty Priest (1390-+1473) Patron of Lithuania

Book of the Prophet Malachi 2:1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

Luke 1:57-66

Today’s readings all speak of preparation and the consequences of preparation; Fitting themes for December 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve. Throughout all of the readings, we see God’s graciousness in providing opportunities and grace for preparation. The first reading speaks of the ominous consequences of not being prepared and ends with a statement of God’s desire to prepare people and change hearts to reduce those “negative effects.” Psalm 25 reminds us of God’s grace and willingness to teach and lead those willing to listen and follow. Finally, Luke’s Gospel narrative shows us the consequences of Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s preparation. Their preparation enabled them to stand up against peer pressure from relatives and enabled them to speak and act in a way that brought others to recognize the presence of God in their lives.

On this day before Christmas Eve, the time for preparation for Christmas Day is drawing to a close. It is now time to prioritize and decide how to spend these last hours before they are gone. What matters most? Can we ask for guidance and grace to spend our day in a way that recognizes the core realities of redemption and justice? Can the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah help us to think about how we might spend our holiday time with family in any different way this year? Can the Psalm help us have a sense of gratitude for how we have already seen redemption in our lives and our families and give us hope for more to come? Can today’s first reading remind us of the challenges of refining and the mercy of God? It is thought-provoking.

Dear friends, may the Spirit of wisdom guide your readings and reflections this day, and may you have a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Question of the Day: How will you turn your heart towards family, especially your children and grandchildren, to explore what matters most during the Christmas season?

Prayer: “O King of all nations and keystone of the Church; come and save man, whom you formed from the dust.” — Gospel Acclamation for December 23, 2020


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