From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
December 14, 2014
The rose colored vestments today (not pink, mind you) tell us this is Gaudete Sunday. This is one of two Sundays featuring the color rose. The other is during Lent known as Laetare Sunday. Both are Latin words for “rejoice.” To keep them straight just remember the L-words go together: Lent and Laetare.
Joy permeates the Scriptures today. Isaiah tells us, “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.” Saint Paul commands us to, “Rejoice always.” The responsorial psalm is not a psalm at all, but is instead Mary’s great hymn of praise, the Magnificat. With her we sing, “My soul rejoices in my God.”
This might seem a bit excessive to us. It is fair to say that at least in certain parts of the Church joy is viewed with skepticism, and the manifestation of rejoicing is rather uncomfortable. Thanks be to God other parts of the Body of Christ have no such qualms.
Joy is wondrous because it can not be contained intellectually. It requires a physical expression. As Pope Francis famously said, Christians must not look like they are always coming from a funeral. Gaudete Sunday is a built-in reminder of what we should be at all times: joyful followers of Christ.