By Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB
Rejoicing is the theme of the third Sunday of Advent. The reading from Isaiah 35:1-6a,10 gives us the desert blooming with profusion. Why? Because we will see the glory and splendor of God. Because God will come to save us. What a message of hope and joy!
How are we to be heralds of Christ’s coming like John the Baptist and spread this hope and joy? Again Isaiah tells us, “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong; fear not. Your God is coming to save you.”
Maybe during this Advent-Christmas season you can touch the life of someone who is feeble, weak, or ill. It may be a relative, a friend, a person living alone or in a nursing home. Maybe you can assure someone who is afraid – a child, a friend who is struggling, a neighbor who is distressed. Maybe the one who needs your assurance is yourself!
I invite you to think of creative ways in which you can be a herald spreading the good news of God’s unconditional love, helping us all to know that Emmanuel (God-with-us) is come once again.