Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent

December 10, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 96

Matthew 18:12-14

Today the Prophet Isaiah begins our scripture readings with God’s Words of comfort to a people in exile and captivity.  Our Responsorial Psalm is full of prayers of deliverance and reassurance that God hears us, and that help is on the way.  This is good for anyone who is looking for Him to be able to be delivered.  This message therefore concerns all of us.

Even when we enjoy many of the creature comforts we are blessed with the need for deliverance is really never very far from us.  We can never be fooled into thinking that these creature comforts have created a sort of “zone of safety.”  The so-called “trappings” of material comfort offer little protection when things get touchy.  Is it then we have to resort to what I call “God in a box?”  When we need Him we reach into the box and ask for help and guidance and then, when we no longer need Him we simply put him back into the box until we need Him again.

Isaiah reminds us of the voice crying out and for us to prepare the way of the Lord.  This is an important message to consider in our Advent journey; that, “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together.”  Therefore, this is not a solitary event, but one which should be shared with others.

Many suffer from loneliness at this time of year.  We must not forget them.  Many are not able to attend Holy Mass or have lost their way in their faith journey.  Those of us who attend Mass regularly like to think we are on the right path.  But if we are honest, we must admit that we still lose our way from time to time.

Today we should remember what losing our way feels like, so that we can reach out to others.  Let us also pause and think of the great joy that comes when God brings us back to our senses and to His Son in the Holy Eucharist.

Question of the Day:  Will you reach at to those who are unable to attend Mass as well as those who have fallen away from the faith?

Prayer: “Lord, help me to be humble.  Let me not content myself on my own inner righteousness, but help me remember that you alone are holy.  Help me be slow to judge and quick to love.  Change the judgmental heart within me, and transform it into a vessel that transmits your tender mercies.”  (Taken from: “Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas – Waiting in Joyful Hope 2019-2020,” by Daniel G. Groody, CSC)     

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