Wednesday of the Third Week in Advent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Third Week in Advent

December 18, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Jeremiah 23:5-8

Psalm 72

Matthew 1:18-24

Faith and expectation dominate today’s scripture readings.  Faithful expectation is our central Advent theme.  In the prophet Jeremiah and our good Saint Joseph, we have persons of great faith; faith in their God in the midst of the circumstances in which they found themselves.  They are examples for us as we confront the circumstances of our individual life, our life as a nation or as a citizen of the world.  We all need a bit of Advent’s faith expectation.

Jeremiah waited for the coming of the Messiah.  As a prophet of “covenant faith” he believed the God of Hebrew scripture would deliver on His promise of sending the Messiah.  But the people must wait for that “Advent” of God in their midst.  Coming, yes; but when?  Jeremiah and the people must wait in expectant faith.

Joseph also must wait in expectant faith.  Having been told by the angel of the Lord that his wife-to-be was with child by the power of the Holy Spirit, Joseph accepted that news as a person of great faith.  He did as the angel commanded.  He and Mary then waited for the birth of a son, and, he called him Jesus.  Joseph waited in faithful expectancy as the divine intervention came to fruition.

Sisters and brothers, our readings today convey the necessity of waiting for God to fulfill the divine plan.  But waiting is something we do not like to do.  Waiting takes patience and some have little of that.  Waiting takes faith and here, too, we are also a bit lacking.

The reality is that we wait for everything that is worth having.  We wait to be born, to grow, to graduate, to be touched by love, and also to die.  Through these life passages we wait for the touch of God in our life. 

We are people filled with so many expectations.  We are convinced that somewhere, somehow there is an answer for every problem in the world.  There is meaning in waiting for any of these hopes and expectations that we have.  There is beauty in waiting.  During Advent you and the Church are one in this great season of expectation. 

With hindsight, we know that the expectations of Jeremiah were fulfilled.  We know that the faith of Joseph was instrumental in God’s plan for our salvation.  As women and men of faith, we too have many opportunities to put our beliefs into action and to help bring about the fulfillment of what we are waiting for.

Question of the Day:  Does your faith match your expectations and your expectation matches your faith?

Prayer:  My Father, help me so that my whole being and all my actions may be a song of love rendering glory and honor to you. 



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