The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. ~ Luke 2:9-10
As we conclude the 4th Week of Advent and move into the Celebration of the Birth of the Lord, we probably all feel as if these days of preparation have flown by, and that we have not accomplished all that we should have.
That’s a good thing – the Church gives us times of preparation for a very good reason, so we can repent. To repent is to be penitent, to acknowledge our shortcomings, failings, failure in accomplishing all that we have set out to do. Repentance is contrasted with Joy in our preparation – Joy is our gift from God, Joy in what is to come, and its fulfillment.
As we enter into the wonder-filled Feast of Christmas, let us do so aware that although we might have fallen short, our Lord has come to meet us, to remain with us, and give us His Joy.