Thursday of the 3rd Week of Advent – December 21, 2017
SG 2:8-14, PS 33: LK 1:39-45, http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122117.cfm
Reflection by Chad Waggoner
There are moments that I can recall very vividly in which I remember how my heart leapt for joy at the sight of seeing someone. When RiLee was around three and I picked him up from daycare I can still see the times in which he ran to me arms wide open exclaiming, “My Daddy!” After holding our spot in line by myself for a couple hours for the premier of The Last Jedi (dork alert) and seeing my son Keegan rush in to find me with eager anticipation of sitting together to see the film (which was awesome!). Upon being gone for nearly a month in Kenya this summer and finding Judy at the airport waiting to take me home. On numerous occasions, my insides have exploded with glee by seeing someone again even if it was just the briefest of absences.
Today’s reading, response, and Gospel all share a theme of joy of being in the company of our Father and loved ones. All three are celebrating the gift of loving another.
The reading from Song of Songs opens with, “Hark! my lover–here he comes, springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills.” The response from Psalms explains that we are to chant His praises, sing with shouts of gladness, and make our hearts rejoice. Meanwhile the gospel of Luke shares, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” – Luke 1: 41 & 42
All three readings shared the theme of exuberantly sharing love with each other and shouting our praises for God.
As we near the holiday, remember to run to your loved ones with arms wide open and embrace them so that their insides will leap with joy.