Reflection for Dec. 16, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Love + mercy + grace = joy

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Third Sunday of Advent calls us to extraordinary joy found only in the gift given by our Creator

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Gaudete Sunday! On this Third Sunday of Advent we are encouraged to “shout for joy”, “be glad”, “exult with all” our hearts, “fear not”, “rejoice”, “share”. With all that is going on in our fragile world, how can we rejoice?  How can we be glad and not fear with all the violence around us?  
The answer may be found in our loving God who offers us unconditional love, mercy beyond measure and graces to face whatever comes our way. Think of how different our world would be if we were merciful like the Father.  Wouldn’t joy abound in our hearts and in the hearts of others? Wouldn’t we share the good news of God’s forgiving love to all who enter into our lives?  Wouldn’t we rejoice that our God is with us no matter what and stands with open arms ready to embrace us with hugs of love, comfort and peace?
“Rejoice in the Lord, always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4-5)

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CommentBubbleI loved the inspiring words, Sister. We tend to forget God’s love. -- Irene