In many traditions, the Third Sunday in Advent is called Rejoice Sunday – a moment for rejoicing in what, for some, has been traditionally considered a penitential season.
For some this season is also a difficult time. Many are too busy and feel the pressure to make their Christmas celebrations memorable. Some are experiencing the loss of loved ones, the breakdown of relationships, serious illness, or economic uncertainties. Be sensitive to situations in the lives of members of your community as you explore together this week’s scripture readings.
The readings call us to “rejoice always,” to hear “good news,” and to “come home with shouts of joy.” What does such joy feel like to you? What cause you to rejoice? Pray that each may discover a sign of God’s transforming power and love during this Advent time.
Listen to the wisdom of Jesus
who taught us that to be poor is to be rich,
to grieve is to be comforted,
to be meek is to be bold,
to hunger and thirst for alignment is to be full,
to be merciful is to swim in an ocean of mercy,
to make peace is to be at peace with self and others,
to love justice is to affirm our home in the earth,
to struggle without knowing the outcomes is to live into being.
Help us to live these explosions of light,
these spice boxes of paradox,
these mind-boggling koans,
these radical riffs that are your Beatitudes
so we may transcend duality
and set up housekeeping
in your household of peace.
~ a poem by Susan McCaslin from Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings