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Third Sunday of Advent
Dec 18, 2019
| Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Jesus Christ, Mass readings, New Covenant, O Antiphons, patience, reflections
|Image by Alois Grundner from Pixabay|
1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10
Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
2nd Reading: James 5:7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
Today is Gaudete Sunday. We use the rose colored vestments and light the rose-colored candle to signify that the darkness will soon be lifted and our Savior will be born. Beginning December 17 through 23 we say the "O Antiphons" which are the different titles of Jesus. Basically this is what we sing in the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
In today's readings, St James tells us to have patience. Patience is sorely needed in our world. When we pray to have patience God does answer that prayer of course, but He usually puts us in situations that require patience. In other words, we tend to learn by doing. Along with patience is timing. God has perfect timing. It's easy to be impulsive in this world. In our prayers we need to also ask the Lord to help us to do the right things at the right time. If God says wait, we wait and when He says to move , let's move.
It's hard to understand, us being earth-bound people, what Jesus means when He said that as great as John the Baptist is, the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than him. This tells us that St John the Baptist is the greatest of the Old Testament prophets but that the least saint of the New Covenant is greater than him. Graces and blessings are available to us because of Jesus's crucifixion. More is expected of us because more is available.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD