Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

With just over a week to go until Christmas, the word of God invites us to joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. […] Indeed, the Lord is near.” (Phil. 4:4,5) “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God.” (Is 61:10) “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46-47) “Rejoice always.” (1 Th. 5:16) But how can we be joyful in these times? The cost of living continues to rise. People are often sad. Several wars continue to rage.

Let us remember that we are not called to welcome the joy that comes from the world, but rather the joy of the Lord. Like Mary, we rejoice “in the LORD”, our souls rejoice in God our Savior! The source of our joy is Christ who comes: “Rejoice. […] Indeed, the Lord is near.” We are invited to put our hope in Christ. Hope goes beyond optimism. Far from closing our eyes to the darkness of our world, we fix our attention on the light of the one who will be born at Christmas.

Hence Paul’s prayer in the second reading. “May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.” (1 Th. 5:23-24).

+Bishop Yvan Mathieu

3rd Sunday of Advent – Reflecting with Bishop Yvan Mathieu

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