Joy: Sorrow and Presence
When the angels appeared in the dark night sky to announce Jesus' birth, who did they visit first? The shepherds: the lowliest of the low, the marginalized, the ignored, the forgotten. What was the angel's message? "Glad tidings of great... JOY!" Like peace and hope, joy is something we always associate with the Advent season. But what is joy? How is joy different from happiness? How can we be "shepherds" in the world and still know the joy of Jesus' birth today?