This is the Sunday of Joy in our Advent journey. As I read the readings for this Sunday, I am struck by how far from joy so many people in our world are. We allow the bad behavior of others, the wars and unrest, and the hatred of others to rob us of our joy. Yet, in Isaiah, you hear the joy bubbling from within the great prophet as he proclaims that God has anointed him to preach the Good News to all people.
As clergy, many people think we live a very charmed and idealistic life. People tell me that I cannot possibly understand what they are going thru and so it is easy for me to have joy. That could not be further from the truth. I struggle everyday with depression and anxiety. The abuse I have suffered in the past, the loss of people I called friends and family, even the loss of my own biological family because they could not accept who I am, leaves me in state of pain and depression. Yet, I get up every day and put on my collar and continue to preach the Good News to everyone I meet.
The Good News should bring us joy. We should rejoice at the words of the Prophet Isaiah,
We are free from our captivity! We are healed from our wounds! And we are vindicated by God! This is a cause for rejoicing this Advent and Christmas Season.
Join me in rejoicing at the Good News this Season!
Pax et Bonum,