Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

December 23, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint John of Kanty Priest (1390-+1473) Patron of Lithuania

Book of the Prophet Malachi 2:1-4, 23-24

Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

Luke 1:57-66


            Today’s reading all speak of preparation and the consequences of preparation; Fitting themes for December 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve.  Throughout all of the readings we see God’s graciousness in providing opportunities and grace for preparation.  The first reading speaks of the ominous consequences of not being prepared and ends with a statement of God’s desire to prepare people and change hearts to reduce those “negative effects.”  Psalm 25 reminds us of God’s grace and willingness to teach and lead those willing to listen and follow.  Finally, Luke’s Gospel narrative shows us the consequences of Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s preparation.  Their preparation enabled them to not only stand up against peer pressure from relatives but also enabled them to speak and act in a way that brought others to recognize the presence of God in their lives.

            On this day before Christmas Eve the time for preparation for Christmas Day is drawing to a close.  It is now time to set priorities and decide how to spend these last hours before they are gone.  What matters most?  Can we ask for guidance and grace to spend our day in a way that recognizes the core realities of redemption and justice?  Can the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah help us to think about how we might spend our holiday time with family in any differ way this year?  Can the Psalm help us to have a sense of gratitude for the ways that we have already seen redemption in our lives and our families and give us hope for more to come?  Can today’s first reading remind us of the challenges of refining and the mercy of God?  Thought provoking, don’t you think?

            Dear friends may the Spirit of wisdom guide your readings and reflections this day and may you have a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Question of the Day:  How will you turn your heart towards family, especially your children and grand-children, to explore what matters most during the Christmas season?

Prayer:  “O King of all nations and keystone of the Church; come and save man, whom you formed from the dust.”  Gospel Acclamation for December 23, 2020. 



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