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. 

We are very grateful to Deacon Anthony Cincotta, who has offered to share his daily reflections with us for the past year and a half. Deacon Anthony is retiring from his writings of daily reflections, and we wish him our love and warm wishes in his new endeavors. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 25, 2020


Memorial Feast: Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr (287-+305) Patron Saint of Unmarried Girls


Book of Revelation 15:1-4; Psalm 98; Luke 21:12-19


Saint Catherine of Alexandria


In these final few days in the liturgical year, we are given a great and awe-inspiring vision from the Book of Revelation, complete with seven plagues, a sea of glass mingled with fire. God’s fury, indeed! But what about those faithful ones who remain? They have made it through the confusion and are holding harps, singing songs, and praising the glory of God. They sing of fearing God, whose awesome power has saved them. However, they never sing of being afraid.


In Saint Luke’s Gospel narrative, Jesus carries an ominous message for His followers; life will be difficult for those who live the Gospel. If we really turn our hearts over and live as Jesus asks us to, we will find ourselves cut off from many of the support systems in our world, ridiculed by those in authority and perhaps criticized by family and friends.


Living the truth of the Gospel is not easy, and speaking it out loud will challenge those around us. How then are we asked to speak that truth in our lives today? Who are the most powerless people in our lives, and how are we protecting them? Who are the poor among us to whom we are asked to give special care? How are we speaking out to help them, to fight for their dignity and their needs?


Our Lord Jesus offers us His presence as a source of strength and wisdom. He promises that if we trust, the right words will be given to us at the right time. We can expect difficulties, the pressure to conform, and apathy to the message we carry. We are asked by Jesus to die for this message, even if the death is only of our own needs to be popular and noticed by the world.


It is a message that makes us want to be afraid, but what Jesus is really offering us is a rebirth and new life in Him. Thank You, Lord!

Question of the Day: Are you called to persevere in following Jesus and to secure your life in the happiness of heaven?

Prayer: “The lamb who is at the center of the throne will lead them to the springs of the waters of life.” (Rev.7:17)

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