Today we light the rose colored candle of JOY on our Advent wreath. It is Gaudete Sunday or Rejoice Sunday.

We await the coming of Jesus but already know He is here. So we rejoice. In the midst of a pandemic, do you feel the joy of Jesus in your life?

The joy of Jesus’ presence is more that a family gathering at dinner, or a special Christmas card or present. It is the joy that Jesus, the Son of God, has come into our midst. It is His presence that brings us through our difficulties. It is His presence and inspiration that helps us recognize all the good things we have: kind people who care for us, selfless people who do so much for others, and even the ability to see something good in the little things of life.

So rejoice and experience the joy of Jesus.