All throughout the readings of the Liturgy, we hear the word rejoice! Phrases such as Shout for joy, Cry out with joy, and rejoice in the LORD always all ring aloud in the proclamation of the timeless voice of God. Why does this sense of celebration and joy fill the Word on this Sunday when the Church lights the Rose Candle?
Amidst the coldness of winter and the long dark nights of December, in the very bareness of the year, Love the Rose is coming, the earth is ready to welcome the God who comes in the poorest fashion and in the most secretative yet fully discoled manner. Born in a cave we are hasting to welcome Mary as she brings forth the Word – and this event is something that even boggles the mind of angels. We are almost there ……. but not yet.
John the Baptist becomes the voice of this Word. A voice without a word is void, but a voice with a word, with the Word, has the capacity to change us and eventually move us to behold the great dead of God. Get ready!