In the Church, this particular Sunday before Christmas, the third Sunday of Advent, is traditionally known as a time of joy: Gaudete Sunday.
This theme of joy is sung gloriously in today’s first reading (Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11), as the prophet exults in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit flowing upon him.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me....
I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation....
As St. Paul tells us (Galatians 5:22), joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
No matter how chaotic things may be, no matter what pressures may fall upon us, we can always have joy – overflowing in abundance or deep within our souls – if we keep open and docile to the Holy Spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Veni, veni, Emmanuel.