Now there is a word we do not often use in our daily lives! When was the last time you used it in conversation? It seems more reserved in our culture for religious applications of sharing joy as in
“Rejoice in the Lord, always, again I say, Rejoice!” Today we as a Church celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also called “Gaudete Sunday” and we light the pink or rose colored candle on our Advent Wreath. Only one more Sunday of Advent before we will celebrate Christmas! Gaudete (gow DAY tay) in Latin means “Rejoice” and we are filled with joy in anticipation of the birth of Christ. The Christ Child has not yet arrived, but the anticipation is growing, and we wait with joy. So when you think about rejoicing, just what would you say that you rejoice in? What do you look forward to in life and what kind of emotion does that evoke in you? And when we experience great anticipation that results in our being filled with joy, how do we express that? Is it the anticipation of a promotion at work? Perhaps it is the receiving of an award at school or in some civic group. Are you waiting with joy expecting the birth of a child or the celebration of a wedding in your family?
Perhaps you are anticipating or have experienced rejoicing upon graduation from high school or college. Or maybe anticipation and joy are building as you await the return of a loved one that has been away for a long time. There are many things in life that bring us joy. And rejoicing feels good!
We as a Church rejoice today in the nearness of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. What a gift we will receive in the Incarnation; in God becoming man. Let us apply that emotion of joy to the anticipation of our coming together in love to celebrate the gift of our Salvation in Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice and be glad, for God desires us to be one with him for eternity and we are gifted that through the coming of his Son. In the coming week, identify what you most desire to rejoice in this season. Give thought to how you will express that joy and then in prayer, thank God for the gift of Jesus that we are about to celebrate once again. And let us anticipate with great rejoicing as we sing with the angels; “Joy to the World, the Lord has come!”
Rejoicing in His love,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC