3rd Sunday in Advent
On the third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday. We light the rose candle. Gaudete comes from the beginning Latin Antiphon, "Gaudete in Domino semper iterum dico, gaudete, ("Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice") On this day, rose-colored vestments are worn.
"Rejoice the Lord is nigh." The Lord will come again in His glory to lead them into His kingdom. Veni ("Come") is also of the conclusion of the Apocalypse of St. John "Come, Lord Jesus," the last words of the New Testament
The first reading is taken from the book of Isaia 35:1-6, 10.
The second reading is from the letter of James 5:7-10.
The Gospel is from St. Matthew 11:2-11. John the Baptist, the man who prepared the people for Christ's as an example that we should follow. John prepared himself by a life of self-mortification and penance. He told the people that they should turn away from sin. Four of the twelve Apostles became followers of Christ because his example.We need to prepare ourselves for Christ's coming by turning away from sin, and by the mortifications. We are all quite capable of making sacrifices as an offering to God.We can give to the poor at this time of the year by gifts store bought or by just giving away something that you already have that you don't use. What about those old Christmas trees you may have stored away in the attic that you don't use. A family may be going without a tree and would be so very grateful. The spirit of giving does not have to cost a dime, just some thought and planning.
In repenting for our sins, this allows us to welcome Christ with a clean heart.We should visit the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Jesus came to save sinners. Let us not forget this and always be so grateful for His coming.