The Third Sunday of Advent

December 15, 2013


This Sunday is known to us as Gaudete Sunday – the Sunday of Rejoice.  Our readings certainly reflect this.  There is a deep hope in each of them.  As we listen, we are undoubtedly filled with joy for we know how the story ends – we know what we can look forward to:  Christmas.  The Word made Flesh.  God incarnate.  The birth of our Savior, Jesus.

But as you listen to the readings today, listen for the transformations:  the deaf hear, the dead raised, the desert blooms, the feeble hands strengthened, the weakened knees made firm.

Listen first to the sadness, anguish, and pain.  And when you do, then we can start to talk about hope and joy.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 35:1-6, 10; Psalm 146; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11).

The author and article referenced can be found here:  Okoro, Enuma.  The Fullness of Joy.  SheLoves Magazine.  December 2, 2013.


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