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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 Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Paul of the Cross—(1694-+1775) Patron Saint of Missionaries, Founder of the Passionists

Romans 6:12-18, Psalm 124:1-3, 4-6, 7-8, & Luke 12:39-48

"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."

Whenever I read the above passage in Luke's Gospel narrative, I remember how much I have and how much I should give back to the Lord in His people. Like many of you, I was born in a beautiful country that fought for its freedom from tyranny and oppression. A country that is not without flaws and is rich in so many ways compared to the world's population.

I ask myself and put forth to you, what direction does Luke's Gospel narrative give me? At the end of the day, when we examine our lives, we are reminded to ask ourselves these questions:

  • How focused have I been in reaching out to and doing good for God's people?

  • How well did I contribute to the dignity of those with whom I live and work?

  • How can I do better?

Jesus tells us that the servant knew the master wanted the house taken care of, not abused, and knew what would happen if he was surprised by his master's return. We are given knowledge and love, and we are entrusted with sharing it by treating others with love and tolerance. We have been given much, and much is expected of us.

Question of the Day: How will you come to the aid of others who need your time, talent, and treasure?

Prayer: Father God, help us be more attuned to the dignity of those vulnerable souls who live and work with us. Fill our hearts with Your compassion so that each person we touch will be better for our being in their lives. Amen.



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