Written on: December 13, 2023
By Sister Dolores Beatty, GNSH
A printable version of the reflection is here: GNSH Advent Series 2023_Third Sunday of Advent
Today, the vestments at mass change from advent purple to a rosy pink. All shades of purples are on my favorite list.
I remember going to Jen’s Bridal Shop with my mother to purchase my senior prom dress. It was a deep lavender gown with tiny purple velvet bows scattered across the bouffant net tulle.
With my pink ballet slippers and pink rose corsage, I was ready for the big dance and the cover of Vogue Magazine! We are all familiar with the image of darkness into light.
For centuries, the Israelites languished in this darkness for the Messiah. How fortunate we are in the liturgical calendar to track the arrival of the Savior. Every year that blip of pink on the altar tells us the wait is short. All of the readings are uplifting, connecting us to happiness, delight, and bursting with joy!
Isaiah must have had our St. Marguerite in mind when he told us to bring good tidings to the poor, heal broken hearts and release those imprisoned by anguish, injustice and prejudice.
Even the Responsorial Psalm relates the joyful conversation of Mary and Elizabeth as her son John prepares to testify to the light.
St. Paul encourages us to rejoice as we, pray, give thanks, do good, and listen to the Spirit.
Like John, we too, are sent by God to be the voice of those crying out in our present “desert world”.
One cannot help thinking of Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, and even our own country divided by tension and partisanship during this season of peace and goodwill to all.
It is difficult to be patient in these turbulent times – and even in good times – but God always keeps his promises to us.
So as our waiting gets shorter and anticipation grows, let us keep a positive attitude and wear our robe of salvation with pride and hope because the one who called us is always faithful.
Now, it’s time to put on your pink shoes and best dress, because the “Lord of the Dance” is almost here. Amen! Alleluia!
First Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Dolores O’Dowd, GNSH
Second Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Patricia Geary, GNSH
Third Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Dolores Beatty, GNSH
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Reflection from our President, Sister Denise Roche, GNSH