Gaudete Sunday: Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; Luke 1:46-50,53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28
Be like water in a mountain stream. Pure, uncontaminated by the dirt of the world
Sunday. The beginning of the third week of calling Maran Tha. In the reading of Isaiah’s announcement of the Messiah and the figure of John the Baptist. The heart, however, reacts the most to the call that in the oldest of the New Testament writings to the Thessalonians is directed by Saint. Paul:
For all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
What if God’s will is the cross? Then it is. Give thanks.
That’s easy to say, when every part of the body seems to shout out together with a trampled spirit. Paul continues:
May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yes, only from this perspective bearing a cross and at the same time giving thanks makes sense.