Dear Friends in Christ,
Rejoice! Does that simple word fill you with wonder and happiness? Those feelings summarize the readings of Sunday! Something great is about to happen! Whatever could be greater than God becoming man?!?
John the Baptist is filled with this wonder, knowing that he is preparing the way for someone greater: “the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” But how sad, yet true: “there is one among you whom you do not recognize.”
Today, we can ask ourselves if we recognize Christ in the people we daily meet.
Isaiah, long before John the Baptist, recognized and rejoiced in the realization of what God would do at some point in history he exclaimed: “I rejoice heartily in the Lord!” prophesizing all that would happen when Emanuel comes.
As we are coming to the end of this beautiful Advent Season filled with gloom and suffering from the coronavirus, we need to take very seriously the words of St. Paul: “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks… May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
My prayer for each of you!
By Sr. Mary Vivette, SND