Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Candle Of Joy

Today we light the candle of joy on the Advent wreath.  Mary could teach us much about hopeful, joyful waiting.  Here is her Magnificat.
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me--holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants for ever, even as he said to our fathers.
Luke 1:46-55
Not only does Mary wait, but all of Israel has been waiting, looking for their redeemer and Messiah.  There is joy in the annunciation and in the trusted, hopeful expectation.  We have been told of the Messiah's return, when all will be put to rights.

Today is Gaudete Sunday, a time of rejoicing.  May we be as joyful in our waiting as Mary was in hers.

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