Today is Gaudete Sunday. It begins the third week of Advent in which we celebrate with joy the first advent of Jesus and rejoice as we look forward to his second advent. It is a time to reflect on “God With Us”—Emmanuel.
God With Us—Emmanuel—gets my heart pounding a bit harder, my lungs breathing a bit faster, my thoughts thinking a bit louder, and my body tingling with a bit more energy. It is a bit like waiting for a long anticipated lover. And so he is.
God wants to be with me, and so he came to visit, to tell me that he wants to be with me and to tell me that although he had to leave for a while, he will be back. Now, he is with me unseen, but one day, he will be with me seen.