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The Joy of Coming Home

December 1, 2011

Airports, train stations and bus terminals tend to be unfriendly ang even dull places.  At this time of year, though, they are settings for joyful meetings that can bring a tear to a bystrander’s eye.  Little children run to greet their grandparents with a hug ang a kiss.   Bouquets appear as couples are reunited.  Tears of glad reliev greet a beloved family member, home on leave from military service.

Why are reunion scenes so moving?  Isn’t it because, deep within us, they bear witness to our longing and appreciation for relationships that bring us joy?  God created us to flourish and delight in intimacy and community, in loving and being loved.  In addition, he created us to know these good gifts, first of all, in our relationship with Him.

This is the “good news of great joy” that the angel announced to sheperds on the night that changed history.  God loved us so much that he sent His only son to lead us home, by the power of His Holy Spirit.  Because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, there is nothing to prevent us from coming into the family circle of God’s own life.

This advent, the Father is inviting us to come home to Him.  He wants you to know the joy that never fails – even in times of trials, even when human relationships distress or disappoint.  He is ready to remove every barrier, both big and small, to your relationship with Him.  Therefore, He invites us to come to Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

If you haven’t discovered it already, you’ll see that the consional – like the airport – can be a scene a joyful meeting, too.

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