Traditionally, this Third Sunday of Advent has been known as Gaudete Sunday – or “Rejoice” Sunday.
In spite of all the challenges and difficulties of this year – 2020 – “rejoice”! The reason we can be invited to rejoice is quite simple – the One who “comforts” us is near.
Yes, Jesus our Savior, whose birth we will soon remember, is journeying with us during these challenging times to “comfort” us – to give us peace as He shows us the way. So, rejoice, again I say rejoice!
This year’s Advent theme is quite simply, “Comfort my people”.
How appropriate that theme is this year. I would venture to say that everyone one of us needs “comfort” for one reason or another. We may need comfort because of the Covid-19 challenges or because of the struggle over the election, or because of our health – mental, physical and/or spiritual or for so many other reasons.
Let this Advent season be a time when we place all that is disturbing us in the hands of our God as we seek “comfort”.
Here we are at the beginning of the Holy Season of Advent.
This is the time when we as Christians prepare ourselves to celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas and at the end of time.
In the midst of the pandemic this year – when everything seems to be so chaotic, these 4 weeks can be seen as a time when we can step back so as to spiritually prepare ourselves.
Let us pray together that our God will bless us and all who believe during this holy season of Advent.