is a time of joy – joy in the waiting and this Sunday we wear the
joyful rose-coloured vestment. The messenger in the first reading is the
‘joyful messenger’, and his joy is that God is near and God is coming.
This would be the message of Jesus – Jesus’
big conviction that he was the joyful messenger of his Father’s love.
He would be the shepherd – the one who cares, knows and actively looks
after the sheep. John the Baptist is the voice of joy preaching the new
message. Not to get out of the way (like an adult dismissing
children) – but get into the Way - walk the way with Jesus.
Bringing God Near
of Christmas to bring God near - The central message within all the
voices of Christmas is that Go to the love of God which is active among
us. God’s Christmas voice is I love you, you are all brothers and
sisters, and nothing except love is final.
just a voice...but actively loving in word and deed. One way of
touching that love is the Mass. Jesus is not just love, but food that
nourishes and makes a difference. we bring our ordinary concerns to Mass
and let God lighten them and transform them, and enlighten us with his
word. The voice of God making sense and bringing light into the
ordinariness of life.
God is present in his word, and in his body – we wait in joy for the Word to be made flesh.
Lord I believe your word was made flesh and appeared among us.
Donal Neary SJ.