I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for the third Sunday of Advent, (Gaudete Sunday) December 14, John 1:6-8, 19-28

My Reflections:Today is the third Sunday of Advent called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means rejoice; today the priest will wear a pink stole instead of the advent standard color of violet. We rejoice because we anticipate with great joy the coming of our savior.

But let us have a reality check first; is there still a reason to rejoice considering the worldwide economic gloom? Is there still a reason to rejoice considering that a lot of our relatives will be loosing their jobs because their companies/factories where they are working will be closing before soon? Is there is a reason to rejoice for a young couple with four mouths to feed who both lost his jobs a few days ago? As we read the news we read a lot of depressing items, is this reason to rejoice?

A few minutes ago I went to the Christmas party of a poor community here in our parish, being poor we shared little and simple food but it was all right. The little food that we had didn’t matter at all, what was important was we shared, we laugh and we were happy. In spite of the discouraging events unfolding before us there is still a reason to rejoice and that is the birth of our Lord.

In the first reading according to the prophet Isaiah it says: “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God.

Like John the Baptist, we who are deep in our faith must be an instrument of God (with humility) to convey to those who are poor and to those who are losing hope that there is still reason to rejoice and that reason is the forthcoming birth of our Lord Jesus our Christ.

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