Third Monday of Advent Reflection

Categories: Advent Reflections

St. John of the Cross, Mystic
Numbers 24: 2-7, 15-17;
Psalm 25: 4-9;
Matthew 21: 23-27

In Numbers, Balaam listens closely to hear God. He speaks
with authority and reminds the people of Israel that the
Savior will come. In the Gospel, we see that Jesus, the Living
Word, also comes with the authority of God to teach and to

In today’s psalm, we implore the Lord to teach us, to guide
us in the ways of justice and humility. Truly, if we are to
commit ourselves to a contemplative way of being in our
world by deeply listening for God’s voice, we must take the
time to listen closely.

This Advent, let us take the time to listen well. Let us
humbly acknowledge that we need God’s guidance in every
circumstance. Like St. John of the Cross whose feast is today,
let us be attentive to the Word of God, especially during
suffering and hardship. Indeed, that is when we most need
to listen and to hear God speaking a word of comfort and
promise to us.

Elizabeth Hebert, SLW
Metairie, Louisiana