The Gospel today has a small detail that I want to point out. John the Baptist said: Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me. Jesus was among the crowd that came to John and people did not recognize him. This is also how it is in our lives. God is in our midst and we may not know it. He is hidden from us, yet he is among us. Just because we do not see God nor feel him, does not mean he is not there.
This is why we hope and rejoice at what God will do: he will bring good news to the oppressed; to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. God may be hidden, but we know he is doing something, which is why we rejoice because he will save us. St Paul said in the Second Reading: rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. It is God’s will that we rejoice in ALL circumstances, because we know he will act to sanctify us. St Paul ends by saying: the one who calls you is faithful and he will do this.
This Advent is a time of waiting. We know God is with us, in the womb of our Lady. We also know the time will come when he will be born and revealed. When we are in distress, when we are confused, especially, in this time of pandemic, we trust God is still there when we repent and call on him. And he will act in ways we do not expect. Our Lady’s canticle tells us: the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. God saves us when we allow him to do great things for us, when we submit ourselves to him, when we welcome him into our lives.
If you are worried about your financial situation, about where to get food for your next meal, trust God. Our Lady says: the Lord has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. God will provide for all our needs, we need to do our part but we also need to trust he will provide. But in all circumstances, rejoice always, because God wants us to rejoice! He will come to save us when we allow him into our lives.
Lord, teach me to rejoice always in whatever circumstance I may have. Teach me to believe you are here in my midst, even if I do not see you nor feel you, because faith is not in feelings, but in trusting your Word. Let me have that joy that you are here, and you will save me at the right time. Mary, Mother of God, pray that I may learn to magnify the Lord always, whatever my situation. Teach me to trust in Jesus alone.