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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Gaudete Sunday

 "I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul." Is 61:10

Even in the midst of a Global Pandemic, Pope Francis keeps encouraging believers in the Good News to be joyful, to remember all that God has done within us, for us and around us. Unless we are joyful, he warns, the power the Gospel will not impact others or attract them to know the source of our joy, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, a small break from the penance to which Advent calls us. Gaudete simply means rejoice because the Lord is near, the Christ promised by God long ago continues to walk, live, suffer and die with and for us. It is a gentle Sunday that reminds us to think of someone who brought joy to our lives and in their memory, to ask for the gift of joy, not for ourselves but for others

Today, decide to be joyful and offer those with whom you live and know you best to lift up their eyes and hearts to the heavens. Jesus Christ is near.

Who or what helps you to be joyful and Spirit filled?

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