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

Isaiah 45:6c-8, 18, 21b-25, Psalm 85:9ab, 10, 11-12, 13-14, & Luke 7:18b-23



The famous painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) said, "I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. Love a friend, a wife, something, whatever you like, and that man will know there is God; he will surely believe it."


In today's Gospel narrative, John summons two of his disciples while in prison and sends them to the Lords to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" Was John the Baptist doubting that Jesus is the Messiah? Isn't this the same John who recognized Jesus while inside Mary's womb?


I suspect that we must remember that John was human, like all of us. It is possible that while he was in prison, he became lonely, thirsty, hungry, discouraged, and fearful. Our Lord Jesus' response was wonderful. He healed many people while John's disciples looked on. He then confirms these specific kinds of miraculous healings are precisely what the prophet Isaiah predicted the Messiah would perform—healing the blind and lame, the lepers, the deaf, raising the dead, and preaching the Gospel. Jesus unequivocally confirms He is the Messiah and gives consolation to His imprisoned cousin and all of us.


Question of the Day: What is the best way you know God's love?


Prayer: "I AM the Lord; there is no other." (Isaiah 45:6)

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