It served to encourage the Faithful during an Advent season of repentance and self denial. The vestments, frontal on the altar, and colors for the day were all cheery rose color. Flowers reemerged for the day, and hymns took on the joyous theme. The momentary shift was an opportunity to pause amidst the work of self examination and receive the renewed joy such work creates within one's heart.
The day, as with all in the Church Year, serves as a lesson for us. It is a reminder to rejoice that our Lord is near. Such is the call upon our lives daily. We are to live differently in allowing that reality to place everything else into perspective. Amidst the bustle of year end, holiday plans, shopping, and preparations we are called to slow down and rejoice.
Living with joy is more than a feeling, a moment, or even an attitude. It rushes over us, our schedules, and our lives as we give thanks, recall, and ask God to orient our hearts in His hope, contentment, and confidence. As we lead lives preparing for His return, patterning our lives after His, we are filled with joy and live in confidence of His promises.
When we gather this week and the rose candle is lit, we are reminded of the joy we experience of knowing Him as Lord. I pray that joy fills each of our hearts and lives not just this week, but throughout the year!