Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning, exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.
Today is Laetare Sunday, the middle of Lent; the heart of this holy and penitential season. Today's entrance antiphon encourages us to be joyful during our fasting, pray and almsgiving, to take heart when we stumble and fall and to look forward in hope to Easter. In the Gospel we hear of God's immense love for us, how He sent his Son to redeem us from our sinfulness, to rescue us from ourselves and to unite us with Him. It's a time for small celebration, a time to take a breath and refresh ourselves as we head towards Holy Week.
And don't forget about Our Lady, she is our mother too! On the cross despite the unspeakable agony Our Lord was in He thought first of us, He knew the importance of a mother's love, our need of a mother's tenderness and care and He gave us the best person He ever could; the woman He entrusted Himself to. How could we ever hope for anyone better?
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death.