Tuesday of the Third Week


Zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23
Mt 21:28-32


Today’s readings taken together with the intention of “JOY” makes me think of what I heard activist Jose Antonio Vargas once say, “how do you run toward yourself rather than away from it.”  
For me when I can accomplish the intention of JOY I am more apt to “running toward yourself” when my values are congruent with my heart, mind, and action.  The reading states “Who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD . . . They shall do no wrong and speak no lies.”  For me this emphasizes how truth shows up through the heart, thought, and action and the discipline it takes to practice this everyday.  This is further illustrated in today’s Gospel with the parable of the two sons.  The first son verbally disobeyed but eventually completed his father’s commands.  The second son told his father that he would complete his father’s will but did not act.  And while the first son was deemed to be welcome into the Kingdom, both sons had a difficult time with being congruent between their words and action. 
We all experience moments in our lives when our daily actions do not reflect our values.  We may value family and harmony but because we may have had a long day, or taken a final, or had a final project due we may have been short with a brother, sister, spouse, or child.  Being out of balance can be further exacerbated during the holidays.  However this advent reflection reminds us that when we act in congruence with our values “JOY” can show up in a way that Pope Francis reminds us, “Jesus was full of joy, full of joy. It is His internal joy, the interior joy that He gives to us.”

-Chris Nayve, Assistant Provost, Community Engagement and Director, Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action