Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

(Isaiah 40:1-11; Matthew 18:12-14)

People who go to college are generally smart.  They use big words when they talk.  They read books which fill their heads with grand ideas.  But other people have difficulty with studies.  Their reading is limited to the sports page or the comics in the newspaper.  They struggle to find work that they can do.  This second group may not seem like people most would enjoy knowing.  However, in both the first reading and the gospel today God shows particular care for them.

In the first reading God makes it known that the exiles in Babylonia have suffered enough.  Although some Jews prospered there, most of the deportees suffered.  They are tired and depressed.  They want to return to their native land but lack the resources.   In the reading God promises His help.  The gospel pictures a simple man who was led astray.  Perhaps he started drinking heavily or believing in money and not the Lord as his savior.  Jesus tells of the need for someone to fetch the simple man and return him to a life of faith.

It can be said that Advent is the time when we concern ourselves with others.  In contrast, during Lent we are concerned about reforming ourselves.  In the current season we multiply our works and prayers on behalf of others as a way to prepare for Christ.  Like a light in the window, our works are seen by Jesus who will come to call us home.