Zep. 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps. 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23; Mat. 21:28-32


“But the just cry out, and Yahweh hears, and saves them from all their troubles. Yahweh is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Ps. 34:17-18

The Readings for today play on the indecisiveness which sometime afflicts all of us. Our willingness and not really willing; our wanting but not really wanting to hear God’s deep call in the center of our being. There are so many distractions; so many things we want or want to do! While these things may not be bad, we realize we are not saying YES to the total “gift” God is asking of us.

The psalmist tells us to “look to God that you may be radiant with joy.” We are all so precious to God. It is no small wonder that the prophet Zephaniah could promise that God would do most of the hard work of helping to say that decisive YES.


Pope Francis has placed before us many challenges and so have our Earth and its inhabitants. God, we know the pains, needs and the frustrations of so many of our sisters and brothers. Let us now listen to God with our hearts.


What is the “gift” God is asking of me?

Today’s Advent reflection is by Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN
, Nazareth, Kentucky


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