Saturday of the First Week in Advent
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the First Week in Advent

December 7, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Ambrose (340-397) Patron of Beekeepers

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

Psalm 147

Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

As I read today’s passage from the Prophet Isaiah, I couldn’t help but try to picture in my mind what the people of Jerusalem must have felt about his writings.  What would it feel like to hear that someone was coming that would give you all your basic needs; comfort, food, water, and direction with life’s decisions.  Talk about the ultimate gift.  I wonder what that anticipation was like.  They must have had questions like, “When will this person come?  Who is he or she?  What will my life be like after I receive these gifts?”  For me, this sums up the Season of Advent.  It kind of gives me the “butterflies in the stomach feeling” that something really awesome is about to happen.

I especially like the words that Isaiah uses because they represent our humanity in a way that transcends time so we can appreciate them as well.  Isaiah uses our senses such as tasting, seeing, and hearing.  I invite you to read the passage where he says, “While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: This is the way; walk in it, when you would turn to the right or to the left.”

Sisters and brothers, how do we hear that voice today – especially within the bounds of the “turmoil” of the “holiday season.”  Aside from the people who actually say and listened to Jesus, how did the people of Jerusalem hear that voice?  I suspect they did so in the same way we do today – by hearing the feeling – and trusting the feeling that God is communicating with us.  Was this any easier 2000 plus years ago?  Probably not. 

Hearing God through our feelings is one way God communicates with us.  These feelings guide us in the way that Isaiah describes, “When you would turn to the right or to the left.”  The challenge here is being mindful to actually hear what we feel.  The anticipated feelings during the Advent season always seem to be especially strong and I truly believe this is God’s way of saying, “something really awesome is about to happen.” 

Question of the Day: in what way(s) do you hear and feel the presence of God in your life?

Prayer:  My loving Savior, grant me Your spirit and Your way of thinking.  Let me be ready for Christmas, for Your Divine birth in my soul.



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