“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds.”
Psalm 72:18

Yesterday we celebrated Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. I have always found it fascinating that we as Catholics find time to rejoice in the middle of this time of anticipation, waiting, and reconciliation. The Advent season has always felt like a mini-Lent to me and so the idea of rejoicing before Christmas seems unfitting

And yet, in the midst of our anticipation for the coming of Christ, we are called to rejoice in the goodness of the Lord. Our Psalm today speaks directly to this end as the psalmist proclaims the greatness of the Lord. God is to be blessed and praised as He is the one who does great works. 

In our own lives God has worked marvels and wonders both in big ways as well as small ways. Whether it be the job offer we have been hoping for or a moment of consolation in the midst of despair, God is present and active in our very own day to day living. 

And so we should rejoice at all times! The Lord is here among us and He is here to stay. We will never be left alone and the Lord our God will work great marvels in our own lives. So as we prepare for the great gift of Christ coming at Christmas, let us ask ourselves, what has God given me in my life that I need to be more grateful for? 


Let us pray,

God our Father, thank you so much for the beauty of all that you have given us. As your creations we recognize the countless blessings that are from you. Lord Jesus, thank you for becoming human and giving up your own life so that we might be saved. Holy Spirit, thank you for walking with us every day and making sure that we know that we are never alone. We offer up to you this day the only gift that you desire, our loving and grateful hearts.




This reflection was written by Kevin Effron

Kevin Effron is a first year Master of Divinity student at the University of Notre Dame. He is working at Verso Ministries this year as his ministry placement for his M.Div. and is the proud creator and organizer of Prepare the Way. Kevin hopes that you find this retreat as spiritually fruitful to meditate upon as he did while helping to put it all together.