3rd Week of Advent
On this ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, the Scriptures are focused on rejoicing, joy, singing God’s praises. So close to Christmas many of us might not be ‘feeling the joy’! For everyone, whether focused on our personal spiritual growth and readiness for Christ or focused on the ‘busyness’ of the season, now is the time when we can get weary from our efforts, stresses, pressures, expectations and preparations!
HOPE, is what we all need. HOPE, is not about expecting what can not happen. It is about trusting that God will provide what is necessary in order to bring us home.
We HOPE for the coming of Christ more fully in our hearts, our lives, our families and the world.
HOPE is what can help us receive the blessings that God has for us and face the challenges that come our way. Can you think of anyone who might like to hear a message of HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT, right now?
Then now is the time to offer a prayer for them. Now is the time to reach out and lend a hand, send some kind words in a card, an email or just call them up! Is there anyone you know who might be feeling alone or shut in right now? Then now is the time to beat a path to their door and bring them some cheer.
We are reflecting on the first coming Christ, His coming more fully in us and His second coming, but we should not forget that right at this moment we are Christ. We are His hands and feet, His voice and His embrace in the lives of others. Continue to REJOICE! Be a bearer of JOY! Let your whole being SING the GOOD NEWS and raise up the Spirit in all those you meet!
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Fr. Blair Gaynes has been in the Diocese since 2008.