Advent 2015

Third Friday in Advent - December 18th

Jer 23: 5-8 / Ps72: 1, 12-15, 18-19 / Mt 1: 18-24

We know Advent is a time of waiting. We wait expectantly. Today’s reading from Jeremiah calls us in anticipation for the coming of “The Lord our justice.” We trust that with the birth of Jesus, peace and justice will be brought to us. And so we wait.

We wait for Him to show us how, as Psalm 72 proclaims, “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.” This promise of a God “who alone does wondrous deeds” is certainly worth the wait.

But waiting can be challenging. In our daily lives, we are constantly being pulled and asked to “do” and not to “be.” We resist stillness, and we can easily lose touch with the practice of waiting.  It seems as if there exists a mindset that waiting is wasting.

Yet for God, maybe waiting is working. Must we wait inactively? Might we begin this good work of justice in God’s name as we joyfully wait for His coming? Isn’t our world crying out for each of us to “rescue the poor” and “help the afflicted” right now? Can we hold the presence of waiting in our hearts as we mindfully set out to love and serve our brothers and sisters?

In Matthew’s Gospel today, we witness one of God’s greatest miracles – the holy conception. And Joseph receives his call to acceptance with unwavering faith. I love how the name Emmanuel means, “God is with us.” It serves as a reminder to bravely step forward with faith like Joseph because we can be assured that we are not alone. Let us not wait to begin loving one another as God calls us to do; begin now in this Advent season. Make this a time where miracles abound as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord of justice.

Jennifer Joyce
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Center for Peace and Justice Education