Monday of the First Week in Advent
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the First Week in Advent

December 2, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Isaiah 4:2-6

Psalm 122

Matthew 8:5-11

Today’s reading strike me as a perfect fit for the first week of Advent.  The reading from Isaiah is not only prophetic to all who read it but very inviting to us as well.  The beginning of the Advent season should put us in a more receptive frame of mind than usual.  As we await the coming of the Lord on Christmas Day the words of Isaiah call out to us.  We are to “climb the Lord’s mountain” and “walk in His paths.”  If we do this Isaiah paint a picture of what is possible.  I often wonder whether this is an earthly or heavenly image.  I ask myself the question “does it matter which it is?”  We are all invited to begin the work of building up the Kingdom of God here on earth.  This points us towards attaining the Kingdom in death.

The Responsorial Psalm portrays a more earthly image.  It allows us to draw hope all will be well.  We know that if we “go rejoicing to the house of the Lord,” peace and prosperity are in our grasp.  We must also remind ourselves that this peace and prosperity are interior in nature.  In Advent we are waiting for the coming of the Lord and have no expectation other than being spiritually comforted.  The psalm transitions to the Gospel reading.  We hear of the centurion’s unyielding faith in the power of Jesus to heal his servant.  We know that as a result of this the servant is healed immediately.  We find that Jesus’ promise to those of faith that they will “sit at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven” eve more compelling than His actual healing of the slave. 

Friends, as Advent Season begins, these readings give us comfort in the knowing that following the Lord we know and love we will be able to see His power working through us and we will ultimately be fulfilled as we too “eat at the banquet” in heaven. 

Question of the Day:  Will you call on your faith to ask forgiveness of your sins through the power of the sacrament of Reconciliation?

Prayer:  Jesus my Savior, be my guide in all my ways.  Help me so that at difficult times I remain faithful in You.

Prosit


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