Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Everlasting Father, who takes care of you today, will take care of you tomorrow. He will either shield you from suffering, or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
- St. Francis de Sales
Today is Guadete Sunday where we are called to Rejoice, to take a pause in our penitential preparation during the Advent season. The season of Advent originated as a fast of forty days. It was reduced in the ninth century to four weeks and by the twelfth century the fast had been replaced by simple abstinence.
The Priest wears rose vestments, we light the rose candle and we are called to rejoice! The first reading from Isaiah reminds us the the Spirit of the Lord is upon him. He has been anointed. He is to bring glad tidings to the poor and to heal the brokenhearted.
The Responsorial Psalm proclaims: My soul rejoices in my God.
The second reading from a Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians starts out, "Rejoice always." And finally the Gospel tells of Saint John the Baptist who is: " A voice crying out in the dessert, make straight the way of the Lord."
So here I stand in awe and wonder that God has placed me in the dessert, at a Church called Saint. John the Baptist, and He is reminding me that it is a time to REJOICE!
Your ways are not my ways.
Your ways are a mystery to me.
Your ways lift me when I am tired,
and truly You heal the brokenhearted.
Help me Lord this week especially.
Be my help and my salvation.
Help me to focus on the celebration.
Help me to be a voice crying out in the dessert!