The Scriptures proclaim it as do we; “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.”
Today the Church moves from preparation into expectation. “Lord Jesus, come!
Paul reminds us to ‘pray without ceasing’, ‘give thanks,’ ‘refrain from every kind of evil’ and ‘do not quench the Spirit.’ This message, though we hear it again and again, never gets old. It has become however, like a ‘voice crying out from the wilderness.’ We hear it, we recognize it but as we run the race of our present life, do we open our hearts to a more solid faith, joyful in hope and active in charity?
Gueric of Igny writes “we must greet Jesus’ coming with hearts straining with desire and leaping with joy!