“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Philippians 4:14)
Today is Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of rejoicing. How many of us spontaneously associate God and joy? In our alienation from God, we experience God only as judge, as distant and demanding.
But God’s whole business is joy. God is a communion, a community of joy in God’s own inner life. God created everything as a joyous act of self-communication and seeks, above all, to share the joy of God with all of us.
Listen to what the prophet Zephaniah says today: “He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love. He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Let’s rejoice. Our God is near. The Lord is coming to save us.