“The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.”
No matter how many or how long our crosses we are never far from joy. Our “Rejoice” or “Gaudete” Sunday is a Church-wide reminder during Advent that rejoicing is the primary purpose of this period of preparation and of all we do. Joy is important enough that we should prepare well for it. The gift of a state of grace, the presence of the new-born Christ in each one of us, is the gift He wishes to give us this Christmas. Sins are transformed for us from burdens into joys in the Sacrament of Confession. If you have not prepared yet in this most important way for Christmas joy, make your appointment now and plan your visit to the Lord in His compassion and mercy this coming week here on Wednesday from 7 pm to 8 pm, prior to all weekend Masses and at neighboring churches as well in the coming days.
“Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.” Rejoice in the Lord always: I say it again rejoice!”