December 11, 2016
The priest has the option of wearing Rose/Pink vestments
Gaudete is the word that means...Rejoice
There are times for each of us when we might think...What is there to Rejoice about???
Today's readings can really speak to us.
Remember that God had taken the Hebrews out of their slavery in Egypt in the 13th century B.C. and then again taken them out of their exile in Babylon in the 6th century B.C.
God will do the same for us. He will always take us out of our slavery, our exile of our disbelief, our sins.
Remember God worked through the pagan King Cyrus who freed the Hebrews from their Babylonian exile. They would find it difficult to believe that God would work through a pagan, a non believer, but He did.
But how hard it is to wait for God.
We want instant things from our God.
St. James, in the second reading, says to this early Christian Community to be patient. God will come even for us in our difficult situations. Are we willing to wait and watch for the Lord to come every day. That is what this season of Advent it all about.
Wait & Watch
In the Gospel St. John the Baptist, while in prison, finds out that Jesus is the Messiah, the one to come.
John is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.
Those times of struggles and difficulties may well be the preparing us for the coming of the Lord into our lives. Perhaps our struggles will help us to see our own disbelief that God will care for us. That can be a real gift showing us our need to pray for a change of heart or for our own conversion.
Wait and Watch for the Lord
He is coming everyday for each of us.
Rejoice and always and wait for the Lord