This Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday which means joy. The joy of the Church today is in the coming of Jesus – once and every day – to bring us peace and joy and gladness and love. Someone said, "Life is too serious to take seriously." This seems like a strange saying, but it sums up the message of today’s Gaudete - the Rejoice Sunday. The Apostle Paul says to not take seriously the disappointments of life - instead, to "rejoice always." We Christians have the choice to rejoice even when things go bad because we can see the true point of human existence. Let us look at a birthday party when the person blows on the candle, it goes out - but then the flame suddenly pops up again. Our lives are like that. Death appears to end one's life, but we will immediately re-appear before God. You cannot extinguish a human soul. We are destined to live forever. In comparison to eternity, this life is like the blink of an eye. The Apostle Paul suffered horrible things during his life: hunger, disease, poverty, sleepless nights, betrayal, shipwreck, scourging, imprisonment - even snakebite. You name it,
The First Reading from Isaiah, who escorts us through all of Advent into Christmas, encourages the Israelites after the
We have in today’s Gospel according to John (the Evangelist) an interesting interrogation. The Priests and Levites came out from
Let us take into our hearts the words of Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians, today’s second reading, and let it be our prayer for each other, ‘May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body’.
A complete text of the readings at: http://www.usccb.org/nab/121408.shtml
With God’s Love and Blessings,Rainer