"Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice.
Indeed the Lord is near."
The first readings are full of joy for the Lord, our God, is in our midst. And He will rejoice over us with gladness and renew us in His love; he will sing joyfully because of you...and the response for the psalm is: "Cry out with joy and gladness; for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel."
And then the second reading from Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-7: " Brothers and Sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always, I shall say it again: Rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in every thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
I love that reading and the Gospel is all about John the Baptist and his ministry. He shows how humble he is by announcing that one mightier than he was coming and "I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals."
Let us continue to prepare for the coming of Christ and let us rejoice and be glad. We are loved!