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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 Third Week of Advent

Book of the Prophet Isaiah 45:6c 8, 18, 21b-25; Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14; Luke 7:18b-23

With the season of Advent and the coming of Christmas, we also enter wintertime. Brrrr!

The words and images of Isaiah, as well as those of today’s Responsorial Psalm, seem to describe a far-away scene: “Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.” Rain and budding trees are far from this part of the earth at the moment. Perhaps because of that, we appreciate these words and images all the more as we anticipate the coming glory of Christmas Day.

The Just One enters our atmosphere and penetrates the earth’s surface like rain. The Savior springs up from the earth itself. The clay used to fashion Adam now takes shape in a new form; we might say an “unbreakable” form. Jesus is the Just One, Jesus is the Savior, and Jesus is the one who fulfills the deepest yearning of human hearts.

Advent teaches us to celebrate the coming of Jesus in the flesh, born of Mary, to yearn for His coming in glory, and to yearn for and celebrate His coming here and now, today and at every moment.

Question of the Day: From what human or earthly experience have you allowed Jesus, the Just One, to penetrate your life?

Prayer: “Raise your voice and tell the Good News: Behold, the Lord God comes with power.” Gospel Acclamation for December 16, 2020.


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