On this Gaudete Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about Christian joy. He distinguished it from cultures that make happiness itself an idol. He spoke of the joy in the Nativity and also the joy awaited in the Second Coming of Christ, saying:
"Christian joy thus springs from this certainty: God is close, he is with me, he is with us, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as a friend and faithful spouse. And this joy endures, even in trials, in suffering itself. It does not remain only on the surface; it dwells in the depths of the person who entrusts himself to God and trusts in him."