Today the Church celebrates Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. “Gaudete” is the Latin word for “rejoice” and appears in the introit for today’s Mass, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice…The Lord is at hand” (Phil 4:4-5). At this point in the season of Advent, we look forward with joyful anticipation to the coming of The Lord.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to meet Jesus face to face? What would He say and how it will feel to be in His presence? What a wonderful experience it would be to listen as He speaks directly to us. Before this meeting, we would certainly do everything possible to get ready for Him. We’d make sure that we’re dressed in our finest clothes and we’d be on our best behavior. Receiving the sacrament of Confession to obtain forgiveness for our sins would be a must. A meeting with Our Lord and God isn’t something we would take lightly!
Advent is a time of preparation for this meeting that will certainly take place one day. We are all aware that we will meet the Lord at the time of our death or when He comes again in glory, whichever comes first. It would be foolish and disrespectful to go into that meeting unprepared. I would urge everyone to take advantage of the sacrament of Confession, a wonderful outpouring of God’s mercy. Let’s all be ready when we meet Jesus.
By the way, there’s one more thing…Hopefully, everyone went to Mass today.
While you were there, you…
…Listened to the Jesus speak directly to you in the readings. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and this one book is Christ.” (paragraph 134)
…Observed the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord Jesus right before your very eyes in The Eucharist. According to the Catechism, “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” (paragraph 1374). Furthermore, you had the ability to unite yourself with Our Savior in the most intimate way possible; by receiving Him in Holy Communion.
Were you prepared when you met Jesus face to face today?