Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent
1st Reading ZEP 3:1-2, 9-13
Gospel MT 21:28-32
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him. -Psalm 34
I have found a lot of “distress” lately. Distress in my thoughts and feelings and distress in the state of the world, or at least in how it is being presented through various media offerings. I had to take a step back from social media for a few weeks, when the…hatred…of people I consider friends overwhelmed by ability to be at peace.
I won’t point fingers, because I can’t! This state of projecting Righteous Indignation has affected people I know on every side of every issue.
I don’t think it is wrong to speak up about issues. I don’t think it is wrong to be passionate about things. I don’t think it is wrong to try to engage, debate, and educate. But the amount of “Everyone who disagrees with me is stupid/amoral/immoral/irresponsible” has been over the top.
I think we are a weary people. We are tired and scared and confused. And that often leads to acting out, treating others with less-than-respect.
Today’s psalm is a reminder: The Lord hears the cry of the poor! Come to him with your weariness and your fears. Come to him with your tender, bruised spirits. Offer him what you have, little or nothing or loads.
Most of all, keep your eyes on Him. In this world that seems to thrive on combativeness, remember to look to Him! When we keep our eyes on Him (even if it takes constant reminders!), we will feel peace again, and we need not blush for our behavior.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.