Thursday, December 11, 2014
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by Sister Madonna Swintkoske
In the letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, he tells us to
"Rejoice always." As we hear the news and talk with others, it may
seem impossible to rejoice, because we hear about riots, killings,
war, abuse, sickness, death.
To rejoice always does not necessarily mean to feel happy; but more finding our source of joy and expressing thanks. Today we rejoice in preparation for Christ who is both coming again and is already here among us. To find our source of joy is to find God in our lives, to rejoice in God's love and to place our hope in Him.
In all the struggles and stress that we encounter it helps that we accompany each other, helping one another. Rejoicing is something we do by reaching out to each other. In the Gospel John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Messiah, the one anointed by the Spirit, who brings glad tidings to the poor, heals the brokenhearted and brings liberty to captives. We have reason to rejoice -- The Lord is near!
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