Advent 2014

Third Thursday in Advent - December 18th

Jer 23: 5-8 / Ps 72: 1-2, 12-13, 18-19 / Mt 1: 18-25

The gospel and reading of this day express an important idea:  that of being hopeful and trustful in the designs of God. Rather than despairing, we are asked to surrender to something much higher than us, with plans we might not understand with our limited intelligence, but that in the end will be good for us. The reading by Jeremiah speaks of having faith that God will resolve our problems. The people of Israel, who stand for the human race, will find security and peace in the end.

The Gospel reinforces this idea with a beautiful example. That of Joseph trusting the Angel's words in his dream, and taking Mary, who was with child, back home. Joseph surrenders to God's wishes, thus fulfilling His plans for mankind.

Juan Ramón Jiménez, a contemporary Spanish poet and mystic, wrote these verses that summarize the lesson:

“Creímos que todo estaba
roto, perdido, manchado.
Pero dentro, sonreía,
lo verdadero, esperando”.

(We thought that everything was broken, lost, filthy.
But inside, smiling,
was truth waiting to come forth)

When we are overcome by a sense of futility we need to know that this state is only temporary.  Goodness, beauty and truth are strong and solid and in the end will reign if we have faith and allow that to happen.

Mercedes Juliá
Romance Languages and Literatures