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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 Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Ephrem (c.306-+373,) Deacon and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Spiritual Directors

2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Psalm 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & Matthew 5:17-19

When you think about it, Jesus changed "everything." Or, reflecting a bit deeper, He evolved, refined, and moved forward—everything, but not from scratch. It was more like building forth on a solid base. The "old" is not refuted or discarded but continues in a new form— a "New Way." Moses brought the Word of God on stone tablets, and Jesus was the Word of God in living flesh. Changed, definitely, but at the core, the same design as in the past. If the stone law was so glorious that no one could look at it directly, how much more glorious is this Living Law in human form? Jesus said He did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. The Word of the Lord is always valid. Jesus did not and will not change that, but He is the Word, and in living form, moves forward in a New Way on a solid base. It is like the Girl Scout song, "Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold."

Throughout the history of the world, we, as mere humans, have learned that the past is necessary to get to the future. We do not want to forget where we came from or how we got here. We need what we have learned for our journey forward. The difficult task we face is not to repeat the mistakes we have made along the way.

Our Lord hasn't negated or abolished the Commandments. He says the Commandments are still in effect and will always be in effect. Those who break the least of the Commandments or encourage others to do so will wish they hadn't. Following the Commandments is always the best way to live, and those who follow them will prosper in this world and the next. Amen to that!

Question of the Day: How will you create a "solid base" for yourself in order to enhance your ability to know, obey and teach the Commandments of God?

Prayer: Teach me Your paths, my God, and guide me in Your truth. Amen.



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