Reflection for Dec. 17, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Rejoice, rejoice!

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Third week of Advent encourages us to carry a message of joy and hope to others

by Sister Rose Jochmann

Can you believe it?  Christmas is 10 days away!  How is your Advent preparation going?  Advent is such a short church season.  Have you taken time to remember what the season is about?  We are celebrating that Jesus, the Son of God, came to live among as a human being.  We are celebrating that Jesus continues to live with each of us.

In church this weekend, you will notice that the pink Advent candle is lit.  The pink candle tells us it is time to rejoice. The Entrance Antiphon says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.”  This gives us a hint regarding the emphasis of the week. The first reading reminds us of the real reason for the Christmas season, “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.”  The second reading continues the same theme, “Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always.”  And the Gospel speaks about John the Baptist who was preaching “Good News to the people”.

So, as you finish your preparations for Christmas, don’t let yourself get stressed and anxious.  Remember that the Lord is near, the Lord is with you. Rejoice!  Bring that Good News to the people you meet.


5 Comment(s)

  • Michelle B: Friday, December 15, 2017

    Thank you, Sr. Rose, for the reminder that besides stress and anxiety there is great comfort to be held during Advent as well.

  • fran: Friday, December 15, 2017

    Thanks, Rose, for the reminder to take a deep breath, remember the reason for the season, and release any pre-Christmas anxiety.

  • Irene Whatley: Friday, December 15, 2017

    This advent is going too fast. We are looking forward to a beautiful and holy Christmas. We wish that all the blessings of Christmas be with you.

  • Michael: Saturday, December 16, 2017

    Thank You Sister for the Advent reminder!

  • Sr Laura: Sunday, December 17, 2017

    Great reminder of what Advent is all about and calls us to be as Christians. Thanks, Rose.