This isn't of our parish, (although I hope someday it will be) but what JOY and BEAUTY is all around us at Mass, every day, but especially today! The day of REJOICING! Happy Gaudete Sunday! The rose-colored vestments make me think of Our Blessed Mother, the Mystical Rose. Welcome her into your heart and home today, as she is "with Child" and as the baby John leapt in his mother's (St. Elizabeth) womb, so to can we "leap" today, filled with the wonder and joy of the coming Holy Day of Christmas, when Christ the King was born in a stable, where the breath of a cow and a donkey kept him warm, as his mother and foster father, St. Joseph watched him sleep in heavenly peace, there on the hay, in a manger, with the soft snow falling and the light of the Star shining on the path, lighting the way for the shepherds and wise men as they left their fields and ancient cities, to see and adore this King of Heaven, come to us on earth. Let the joyful anticipation of this Holy Babe's arrival fill you to overflowing today. Give thanks for all blessings, trials, joys, sorrows, laughter and tears. All is well if we are in His Grace.
Joyful all ye nations rise, join the tripumph of the skies, and with angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem, Hark the Herald Angels sing, Glory to the newborn King.