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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 Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 8:26-30, Psalm 13:4-5, 6, & Luke 13:22-30

There are invisible things beyond us and the world to which we can see and point. The wind moves the leaves, the breaking heart evokes tears, and hopes spur us onward. Also invisible is the bigger scope of our lives shaped and reshaped daily and by God, who desires our happiness and communion with Him.

We are not often allowed to see the "big picture." We usually focus on the visible things. However, in God, all things are held together—visible and invisible. In Him, we can hope because He sees and keeps all things collectively for our good.

Friends, today's reading from Saint Paul to the Romans gives us a great deal of hope. It enables you to think back on your life and to examine your faith journey. For example, we are asked if we are "predestined to be conformed to the image of God?" if we can say "yes" to Saint Paul's question, we will be justified in the eyes of God and those He justified He also glorified.

When life is difficult, as it often is, we have a promise of hope. When we pray in our weakness, the Spirit will intervene. As we know, Holy Spirit is invisible. Therefore, we thank God for the visible things, but we thank Him for the hope that allows us to embrace the invisible things and live in the light of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Question of the Day: How will you embrace the visible gifts as well as the invisible gifts of God?

Prayer: "Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and His strength; constantly seek His face." Psalm 105



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