The peace of the Lord be with you.
We’re a few days before the celebration of Christmas and already our readings are changing their tone. The focus of all the readings today speak of joy. This joy is because the coming of this king — this infant whose birth we celebrate — frees us from the weight of sin and returns us to the favor of God himself. Due to the goodness of God this favor is not for a few but for all people.
So as we complete our preparations for Christmas, may our hearts feel lighter and may we be filled with hope. For the one who is to come removes the weight of this life and invites us to eternity with Him.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.