Today we are in the third week of the Advent. This week is called the Gaudete Sunday, which is the Sunday of joy. Now we are at the joy of Christmas as it draws near and near. The Emmanuel is going to be here in our midst. We are eagerly looking forward to it.
There was once a Guru who took his disciple on a walk trying to teach him how to rely on God. They kept walking and the Guru asked him to sit for sometime and meditate. They both sat in a spot in a forest. And as the disciple was looking he saw a tiger coming toward them and he got scared. The disciple shouted, “Master, here is a tiger is coming to devour both of us. Please get up and run for our lives!” The Guru did not mind either the tiger or the scared disciple’s screaming. The tiger came and looked at the Guru and came near him and acted as if he was trying to smell the Guru. Guru kept calm. And after a while the tiger left. The scared disciple was looking at this speechlessly. Then they both started going back to their home.
On the way back there was a honey comb on which some one threw a stone. So, the bees started flying around and now the Guru started screaming, “Oh bees…bees….” The disciple felt baffled and told the Guru, “Master, when the tiger came you were not scared and why do you behave so weird fearing these bees? The master told him, “Yes. You are right. But the thing is, when the tiger came, I was with God and he was with me. But now when the bees came, I am with you.”
That is what makes all the difference, who is with us. Most of the times we are content with the people who are with us, the human beings. But this season of Christmas reminds us of the One who wants to be with us, the Emmanuel, the Son of God and God through him. His presence with and amidst us is the reason for the joy of today. I f we could realize how fortunate we are to have him among us, we would not be in need of anything. But that does not very often happen.
We should realize that the persons we are content being with are not people who are as powerful and trustworthy as God is. The God who desires to be with us is most powerful and most trustworthy of all. He is the one whom we need to be with. Our being with him fulfills every desire of our heart. Our being with him culminates all the fortunes we could ever hold. Our being with him makes us ever joyful people. And that is why His presence among us is an important element of our life.
Let us look for His coming and His stay with us.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony