This past Sunday we celebrate Laetare Sunday, which is a Sunday in Lent where we celebrate the Mothering of Christ. It is a time of Joy within the season where the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church celebrates by wearing of Rose colored vestments (or if you want to rile up a priest PINK!!!) The wearing of rose signifies an ancient tradition of the blessing of the “golden rose;” which was a rose that was sent from the Pope to those sovereigns that were Catholic.
The Introit states:
“Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum lætitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestræ. Psalm: Lætatus sum in his quæ dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus.”
“Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. Psalm: I rejoiced when they said to me: ‘we shall go into God’s House!'”
What beauty we find in this. We rejoice the fact that Jesus himself will soon rise. And through this act we have great joy. But that happened on Monday March 12, 2018 was a sign from God that through the rejoicing of Laetare Sunday we can find ourselves Baptized in the love and spirit of Christ. And just want sign did God give us of this purity found within Christ?
Well of course it would be snow! Many people do not like the aspect of snow. But
remember that everything we experience here on earth is something that God himself gives to us. Personally, I look at snow as a symbol of the white garment that we are all given at the time of our baptism. A garment that reminds us that we are born into a life of purity. So, this white is something that we should look at as a sign from God! The Earth is something that can also become pure and full of renewal for our lives and for the lives of those around us. Just think… We sprang forward in time, celebrated Laetare (JOY), and ended it with a symbol of God’s purity for us. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND!
But with all of these wonderful signs and gifts from God, do you personally still feel as if there is something missing. Could it be right if front of you? Could it be happening to you right now and you do not know it? As we prepare forEaster, know that one must continue to look for the signs that Christ has placed before us on the path that we are walking. From those signs we will each be able to reach the end destination that God has written for us. Some will get there faster than others, but ultimately we will all arrive on the Last Day! And won’t it be JOYOUS!