Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr,
Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent, Dec. 13, 2016
Today’s psalm tells us “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” How is the Lord close to the brokenhearted? Maybe because God is brokenhearted, too―by our sad world with all our selfish choices and cruel actions. But God loves us and our world anyway, so much that he sent his only son to share our lot despite the consequences. God is close to us, especially when we are bowed down by pain and sadness, and will lift us up and comfort us if we can open our hearts to the love God is offering.
Photo by Dan Burns, Ann Arbor, Michigan, of his wooden crèche carved by a Maasai artist from Kenya. "I bought it from the Ten Thousand Villages shop here in town, but they haven't been available for some years."
Click here to go to USCCB Readings for today:
- Reading 1, Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
- Responsorial Psalm and Alleluia, Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23
- Gospel, Matthew 21:28-32