It’s the third Sunday of Advent…Gaudete Sunday.

“Gaudete in Domino semper!” These are the words to take to heart…especially when the heart is broken and the reality of yet another deprivation looms before us.

We are still dressed for Mass. Hats and coats at the ready. Each festively attired for this lovely Sunday, each anxious for the privilege…yes, privilege…of attending Mass on a cold, December morning.

But the car won’t start. The battery is dead, beyond resurrection and it must be replaced…and we, once again, find ourselves offering up our desire to attend Mass, as a sacrifice to our good God.   We are learning, once again, what it means to “rejoice in the Lord…always!”  What more fitting way to honor Him, to glorify Him, than to accept all things, all trials and tribulations as coming from His hand for our good.

We prayed last night that He would truly keep us, in the spirit of Advent…we asked for the grace to wait and watch in joyful expectation for the real “reason for the season.”

So…as we did last Advent, we rejoice in His wisdom.  We rejoice in our desire to worship and receive Him.  We rejoice that He is glorified by our littleness.  Today we will live this, forbearing all things with thanksgiving:

“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice; let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.”

We will rejoice…in the Lord.