The appointed time draws near and we are now deep into the Advent Season. The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete, a Latin word which means “rejoice,” which is mentioned many times in this Sunday’s liturgy. It is a reminder that Advent is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.
Deep into our preparations we reflect further on the meaning of this Holy Birth in order to be truly ready to let the Savior into our hearts. We said last week that Reconciliation with God is vital to being in a state of watchful readiness whether this Advent and at all times. Fr. Armand told that when you become aware of your weaknesses, which actually leads you to sin every time; you should identify overcoming these as the main reasons in seeking reconciliation with the Lord. For example, if pride is your character flaw, it might be better if you state something like this when going to confession: “Father, because of my pride, I disobeyed the Lord’s commandment on…” or “because of my pride, I gossiped about an officemate.” When done repeatedly, there’s a greater chance that one can slowly overcome these weaknesses in life as he becomes more conscious and in the process admit his shortcomings, work on avoiding occasions that lead to sin, and without realizing it, has embraced humility and meekness.
Christmas is just a short two weeks away and Holy Mother Church reminds us to continue our reflection on the person and mission of St. John the Baptist — a great example of humility and meekness. This great prophet remained humble despite a great following in his time. He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,'” as Isaiah the prophet said.” When he was asked by some Pharisees, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” he answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” Such humility indeed!
Are you rejoicing that the Lord’s coming is at hand?
Are you prepared spiritually to meet and receive the Lord when He comes?
Have you shed off your weaknesses and replaced it with virtues worthy of God’s approval as King of Kings?
“May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thes. 5: 23)