Next Sunday is Advent 3, which means there are only two more weeks until Christmas. Advent is the season when we wait the coming of Jesus with eager anticipation. As we wait for the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus our Lord this year, may we reflect on St. Paul’s words in I Thessalonians 5:16-24, where he writes these words of profound thanksgiving:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.”
You might ask how we could do anything eagerly or experience profound thanksgiving, because when we look back on 2020, we see a world plagued by COVID and a country deeply divided, just to name two real downers of today’s reality.
In the middle of all that, pause to remember what God has done because of his great love for us. His actions and His love that are readily available for each and all – all that is the reason we can eagerly anticipate His coming again into our hearts. All that is the reason we can rejoice and pray without ceasing, giving profound thanks to our Lord God who never ever leaves us.
So count the days until Christmas with an eagerness. Look forward to the day when He comes again with eagerness and hope in your heart. And give thanks, no matter what the rest of the world is doing. And the God of peace will sanctify you with all His heart. He is faithful, and He will do it.
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