Monday of the Third Week in Advent
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Third Week in Advent

December 16, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17a

Psalm 25

Matthew 21:23-27

At first glance, today’s Psalm as well as the Gospel seem out of place.  We pray the psalm and learn to ask God to “teach me your ways.”  But when it comes down to it, many tend to doubt our faith and doubt the authority of those teachings.  In Matthew’s Gospel the priests ask “on whose authority Jesus is teaching.”  When He insinuates that He is teaching by God’s authority, they are more concerned with politics and appearances than they are with the true teaching.

“Teach me your way, Lord.”  People say that they want to be on the right path.  They want to understand the ways of the Lord, but are we like those priests?  They were in the presence of the Lord who was teaching His ways, but they doubted His authority.  They would not commit.

Friends, if we don’t commit to God’s Way, we will never understand His teachings.  We ask God to guide us in His path and make His Way known to us.  But that Way is no always easy.  Those paths are sometimes difficult, and sometimes hard to see.  When we ask the Lord to teach us His Ways, we need to commit to that curriculum in faith, and trust His authority and His love for all of us. 

Question of the Day:  Will you doubt His Way when your life is difficult?  Will you ask for guidance, and then doubt the answer?

Prayer:  Lord, in You I put all my trust in your teachings.  Help me to spend time in quiet reflection each day to listen to Your inspirations



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