Today we celebrate Laetare Sunday, we are getting close in our Journey towards Easter. Laetare, means to Rejoice. The Church, in her Wisdom, has placed this time of rejoicing, almost like a pit stop, so that we may stop and think about the purpose of our Journey.
Lent is a season of self-examination, fasting and penance, so, why do we see rose vestments, and flowers on the altar, the question today is: Why should we be happy?
We are happy because we are reminded today that our efforts are not in vain!
We are moving towards the resurrection of Christ. Our time spent, doing works of Charity or not watching “Novelas”, or holding back on sweets, or simply trying to be nicer to people, is not wasted. We are rejoicing today because we are almost there, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In our readings we hear about God’s Compassion, and Mercy. In our gospel, we hear the Will of the Father, which has not changed since the time of the Old Testament, is FULFILLED by Christ:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.”
To hear this, is the cause of our joy, that even in this journey of penance, we are lifted. Christ was lifted for us on the cross, and caused healing for the whole world.
So, Rejoice, Brothers and Sister and let us hold fast until the time of Easter. Amen.
Art: In contrast to the Joy we are called to have today, I would like to share one of my drawings. I use this one my personal prayer when I want to meditate on suffering. Today’s readings, for those going through the second scrutiny, is about the blind man. I imagined a suffering marginalized person and how, even though the world ignores him, he is still a beloved child of God. Let us rejoice in our blessings and pray for those who are suffering today.
Quote and Prayer from John 9:
“When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, the one speaking with you is he." He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.”