Sunday, December 11, 2016

Rejoice! Gaudete Sunday!

Today is Gaudete Sunday! Rejoice! Rejoice for the coming of the Lord is near! The time of Christmas fast approaches. It seems that every year it sneaks up on me. Is it perhaps the busy-ness of the time? As you see I have been slacking on my posts, once again. Is it perhaps the fact that we are so caught up in all the season has to bring that all of a sudden we wake up and it's Christmas morning?

I am diligently making it a point to not allow that to happen to me this year. The Church offers us a time of Advent to savor and cherish the time leading up to Christmas. In all the preparations of gifts, and travel and parties and gatherings, we forget that what we are preparing for is not only the coming of the child Christ who was born more than 2,000 years ago in a stable. It is not only the babe who lies in an unromantic and probably stench ridden animal trough, it is also about when He in fact will come again. 

We may be ready with our gifts for each of those family members we have checked off of our list. We may be prepared to seal and stamp those beautiful glossy Christmas cards we finally got from tiny prints. We may also even be ready with our full on menu and table settings for that family gathering that boasts to be the bash of the year. However, are we ready for the coming of Christ in our heart and at the end of times, which is what we, as Christians, await in "joyful hope".

Are we prepared? Are we living the lives we want Christ to find us living? Are we loving the way we want Christ to find us loving? Are we waiting in expectant hope or are we simply living in a passive means that which leads us to be unaware "of the day or hour" (Mt 24:36) in which He will return? A day that awaits us all. No exceptions.

I cherish this time of Advent because all of the Scriptures and all of the Liturgy points towards the celebration of Christmas as well as the celebration of the hope of our lives, His triumphant return. Take time to go to Mass during these last couple of weeks of Advent. Rejoice in that our Savior is coming, as a child and as a Savior who has redeemed us all and who wants us to be ready for His final coming.

Gaudete! "Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:4-5

1 comment:

  1. beautiful! I too have been taking time to fast from the many distractions that try to take us all away from this time of praying and waiting!
    GBU and your family~