Advent 2016

Third Tuesday in Advent - December 13th

Zep 3: 1-2, 9-13 // Ps 34: 1-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23 // Mt 21: 28-32

Recently, an unusual spot on my ivy plant caught my eye. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the darkened and withered condition of the leaves. In the midst of a hectic schedule, I neglected the needs of my plant and caused its poor condition. Today’s readings made me reflect on the delicate care needed to maintain relationships, especially during the Advent season.

Zephaniah speaks of the rebellious city of Jerusalem who strayed away from God. Despite wrongdoings, God reminds the people that they “need not be ashamed of your deeds, your rebellious actions against me.” This passage highlights God’s mercy and love for us. Even when we wrong Him, God always welcomes our return. This forgiveness is echoed in Alleluia.

However, sometimes it is difficult to find our way back. Many can attest to times when we, consciously or unconsciously, pushed God away when we needed him most.  The Psalmist reminds us that, “When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from his distress he saved him.” God always has time to listen to us; we just have to keep our lines of communication open.  

Similar to the care my plant needed, the energy we put into our relationship with God should never become stagnant or the connection will weaken. Keeping God in our daily lives and serving him is how we truly thrive. Maintaining, or even building, a relationship with God requires trust, openness, and a loving heart. He’ll handle the rest.

Rita Marino