Third Sunday in Advent: Gaudete Sunday

Our reading this week come from the Prophet Zephaniah (3:14-18a), the responsorial comes from Isaiah 12, Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:4-7) and the Gospel of Luke (3:10-18).

If you can’t guess from the title this is a special week in Advent typically this week is associated with Rose/Pink and is a brief reminder of the joy that comes from Christ Jesus. This week we light a candle for Hope, one for Faith and the rose one for Joy. We hear repeatedly in the readings today shout for joy and rejoice and John the Baptist being asked “What should we do?”. Joy is one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and this isn’t just happiness but it is happiness rooted in Charity or Love from God. It is the awareness that God is one’s strength and protector. As Paul says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!”  All of our readings may not end on the most positive note “burning of chaff” but as we are reminded in Psalm 1 “Happy are those who delight in the Lord.” We can rejoice in the Lord because we know the Lord. Let us take some time this week and this Year of Mercy to show how much we know the Lord by practicing the Works of Mercy and making them a part of our lives.

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