By Gina Garrison
One of my favorite folk songs, recorded by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, is titled “Ready for Joy.” The song expresses the dark places in our lives, when we feel downtrodden, tied to the ground, or surrounded by midnight. Throughout these hardships, the lyricist speaks enthusiastically of his or her anticipation of joy. “I wanna be ready when joy comes back.”
In what could have been a time of great despair, Mary expresses her overflowing joy and gratitude for God’s blessings. Despite the challenges she was facing, she was ready for joy. In this advent season, may we all make room in our hearts for the anticipation of joy. May we all be ready for the darkness to turn to light, our crying to turn to laughter. I want to be ready for the joy of Christmas and the birth of the Christ Child.
Holy Father, As we prepare for Christmas, may you delight in our joy and anticipation.