Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.
These are the words of the Entrance Antiphon on this Third Sunday of Advent. Our Responsorial Psalm refrain echoes a similar sentiment:
My soul rejoices in my God.
As the celebration of our Lord’s nativity is nearly a week away, we have every reason to rejoice over the goodness of our God, who never ceases to share his love and mercy with us. May we never forget to allow our joy and thankfulness to be contagious.