Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
The readings for the day can be found here.
The first reading and psalm from today both give us hope for the day when Jesus will come again for the second time. Although Advent is a time when we reflect on Jesus coming into the world for the first time, it can also be fruitful to have reminders that we are constantly preparing for the next coming of the Lord. Just like the readings from the first week of Advent, we are told that we must be on the watch for God. For us, this may mean taking the extra time out of our day to talk to that lonely-looking friend; saying “Thank you” and adding a smile toward the worker at the cash register at the store; or even sitting down for five minutes in silence to talk to God and catch up. Doing these little things throughout our daily routines not only helps others but brightens up our own days, for we know we’re following God’s will to do good.
The Gospel from today is a true “phew” moment. Joseph was about to divorce Mary, when all of a sudden an angel appeared to him and told him to stay. St. Joseph is a great example for us during this Advent season. He followed God’s will without question and served his family with everything he had. Once again we can use this reading as a model for our own lives – emulating Joseph, we can actually listen to what God is trying to tell us through the priest’s homily at Mass (this is one I struggle with). We can also serve our families and friends, which sometimes is tougher than serving a poor stranger whom we don’t know. This gospel passage, along with the first two readings, remind us that we need to be on our toes, for God may inspire us at any moment to do His will.