December 11, 2022 – West Bend, Wi – We have now reached Gaudete Sunday. Many people recognize it because the priest wears rose instead of purple. Gaudete in Latin means ‘rejoice’ and references the entrance antiphon which comes from Paul’s letter to the Philippians and says, “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord Always.”
In light of these two themes, I think it is worth asking ourselves a very simple question: where do we find joy and rejoicing? Early on, after my conversion, I used to reflect upon St. Augustine’s advice to converts. He used to say that one should delight in God and in holy things as much as they once delighted in sin. Ultimately, on this side of heaven, our greatest rejoicing should come from the Eucharist. At Christmas we rejoice in the fact that our Lord took flesh and dwelt among us. Now, our Lord comes to dwell among us in the blessed Sacrament. At Christmas, the Lord hid his divinity beneath his humanity. Now, he hides both his divinity and his humanity beneath the appearances of bread and wine.
because they visited the Lord and because God is never outdone in generosity. Similarly, those who visit our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament can be assured of peace, joy, consolation, and an abundance of spiritual gifts. Therefore, come this advent season, let us adore him.
Hoping to join Rev. Nathan for Mass before he leaves for his new assignment? Here is a list of Masses he will be presiding at this week …
Wednesday, December 14; 6:15am at SMIC
Thursday, December 15; 8am at SFC
Friday, December 16; 6:15am at SMIC
Saturday, December 17; 4:30pm at SFC
Sunday, December 18; 7:30am, 9:30am at SMIC
Sunday, January 8 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in Mother Cabrini Hall
A light brunch will be offered.