Now that the dust has settled (here in the UK at least) I find myself reflecting on Gaudete Sunday.
This week the church calls us to rejoice and to keep on keeping on.
And yet for many (me included) will be finding it difficult to accept that invitation and to ponder on the point of carrying on.
But as a follower of Christ, a lover of Jesus, a beloved of God, baptised by fire and water full of the Spirit then accept it I must. Indeed I already have.
Despite my moments of despondency I know deep down that my Hope is in the Lord and I can Rejoice in God my Saviour.
The blush of a pink rose rather than deep purple, my yes to the Gospel, to the Eucharist, to being dismissed to building the Kingdom, to live by Gospel values leads me to seek a deeper joy and tells of a hope yet to come.
I will rejoice in the small acts of kindness I see and take time to thank the Lord for them.
I will rejoice in the many ways to make a difference and find inspiration to do likewise.
I will rejoice in the love of my friends whose laughter lightens my load and I am strengthened to help others carry their’s.
I will rejoice in the warmth and comfort of my family and I am encouraged to extend that welcome to others.
When I rejoice in all this (and so much more) then I know that there is hope. And if we all remember to be grateful, to find inspiration, to aid others and to extend a welcome then we will show the works of the Lord and bring His hope to the world.
And if that weren’t enough the O Antiphons begin today!
Where do you hear and see the work of the Lord?
In what ways do your encounters offer you a sense of healing?
What do you notice about the way Jesus answers John’s question?
John the Baptist leapt in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary went to visit her. He was Jesus’ cousin and in last week’s Gospel he baptised Him in the river Jordan.
Why do you think he told his disciples to ask Jesus if ‘He was the One?’
If you were Jesus’ messenger today what would you tell people about Him?
What one thing could you all do to make the world a better place?
Who do you identify as prophets in today’s world?
How can you encourage one another to speak truth to power?
Lord of our everlasting joy and true hope –
Strengthen us to do Your work
Give us a heart with a joyful song
that we may rejoice in building Your Kingdom.
Are You the One?