The Church encourages us today to Rejoice! This third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, calls us to pause in the middle of Advent and stir up our hearts to be expectant for the coming of the Lord.
It is not always easy to rejoice - in the midst of our life's challenges. But as Christians we are a people of holy joy; through the grace of our Baptism we should be filled with joy.
Father Robert Barron has a wonderful reflection and homily on this truth in his daily Advent Reflections. He can speak about it better than I can. And if you have not signed up for his daily reflections delivered by e-mail, I encourage you to do. You can do so on this link: http://adventreflections.com/advent-day-15-a-new-beginning/
Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say it, rejoice! May these remaining days of Advent be filled with new and life-changing graces for you. "Come, Lord Jesus."