Tuesday of the Second Week


IS 40:1-11

MT 18:12-14


There is an incredible energy within the act of rejoicing. 

It is an act of total jubilee and happiness that we encounter sporadically throughout our lives and relish fondly in our memories. Yet, there is something courageous and also slightly scary about it. To express one’s self so fully and honestly about the joy they are feeling, with nothing held back or hidden from the view of others. I believe the readings for today ask us to confront that feeling of rejoicing for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. 

“A voice says, "Cry out!" I answer, "What shall I cry out?"

So often it can be difficult to have the courage to express ourselves to others about the things most precious to our hearts. Reading this passage, I was reminded of how I felt when I first met my fiancé. It was also December 10 and after walking together under the string-up lights of Balboa Park, I could feel my heart aching to express how happy I was to have met her but scared to say the wrong thing. What could I say to tell her how I truly feel?

“Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!" 

The passage puts a huge smile on my face, and I read it as the answer to what I should have said the first time I met my fiancé. Can’t you hear it? Blaring trumpets and ringing bells with the lyrics of one of my favorite Christmas song singing, “Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel! Shall come to thee, o Israel!” For me, what this passage translates to is, “I Love You!

Today’s reading for me are a call to rejoice; an act so similar to the act of love in its courage and challenge. To sing with glee for all the world to hear that Jesus Christ will soon be born! 

Hugo Wrestler, ‘14
Writing Program Executive Assistant