Wednesday, December 9, 2015

'Tis the Season to Be Overjoyed!

Micah’s proclamation of the Good News is almost hysterical. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the prophet sounds so overjoyed he is, I’d venture to say, a little beyond himself:

From you [Bethlehem] shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel…(MI 5:1)

Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne…(MI 5:2)

His greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace…

Beyond ourselves is what we Christians should be – what the whole world should be – as the Church’s celebration of Advent enters its final week. For the mystery of the Father’s divine love is about to be revealed in its fullness and made visible to the whole world in His Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

O shepherd of Israel, hearken, from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth…(Ps 80:2) – the psalmist chimed in joyously.

This morning I had just bought a cup of Starbucks coffee when a long line of youthful Christmas carolers streamed into the shop unexpectedly, wearing red and green Christmas outfits and singing Twelve Days of Christmas. There must have been more than 20 of them, crowding up the stairway to the upper floor of the shop, giggling and making funny faces as they went from one carol to another.

O what fun that was to be caught unexpectedly in such Christmas festivity! A little beyond myself, I also giggled and sang along with them. And why not? Even John the Baptist, the infant in Elizabeth’s womb, was leaping for joy at the moment the sound of Mary’s greeting reached Elizabeth’s ears. So children and adults, young and old, the whole world all over, let’s giggle and sing. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16)!