How promising, joyful, and hopeful are these three readings today during Advent! The first reading reminds us that our God desires that we come to Him and shows us that He wants to be in relationship with us. God is like the lover in the passage gazing at us and letting us know that we are beautiful and lovely. He calls, “let me see you, let me hear your voice.” We are reminded that although we need pruning during the season of Advent to ready us for the coming of the Lord that we are beloved in God’s eyes.
The second reading continues this theme by letting us know that the Lord rejoices over us. Although this is the Advent season, it is a good reminder that we are an Easter people. God does not want us to be gloomy and discouraged but to be joyful and happy. Today’s readings conclude with one of the most famous Gospel passages in Advent: Mary greeting Elizabeth and the child leaping in her womb. We should be mindful of the true humbleness of Elizabeth asking, “how does this happen to me?” It happened to Elizabeth because of her desire to be in relationship with God and her willingness to come to Him. As we draw closer to the Jesus’ birth, may we all know that we are loved and desired by God.