Third Sunday of Advent
The Spirit of Our God is upon me;
and has sent me to bring good news to the poor.
Gospel Reading: John 1:6-8, 19-28
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
There was one named John sent by God, who came as a witness to testify to the light so that through him all might believe - but only testify to the light, for he himself was not the light.
When the Temple authorities sent some priests and Levites to John to ask, "Who are you?", he did not refuse to answer, but answered openly, "I am not the Messiah." "Well, then," they asked, "are you Elijah?" "I am not Elijah," he answered. "Are you the Prophet?" "I am not," he answered.
Finally, they said to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you have to say for yourself?" John, quoting Isaiah the prophet, said, "I am 'a voice in the desert, crying: Make straight the way for the Sovereign One!' "
Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him further: "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
"I baptize with water. There is one among you whom you do not recognize - the one who is to come after me - the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to unfasten." This happened in Bethany, across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Good News of Salvation!
R. Glory and praise to our Savior Jesus Christ!
Greetings brothers and sisters
We are at the 3d Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.GAUDETE is the Latin word for REJOICE. This is a Sunday where usually we wear pink and purple. It is a great time to be a kid no matter what your age and put together an outfit with lots of pink and purple. This is also the week I like to watch all the Charlie Brown Christmas shows. I love Peanuts by Charles Schultz. Did you know he was a very active lay minister in his church. It also spilled over into his comics. The characters reflect our population from Lucy wanting real estate to Sally child-like misunderstanding of asking for everything. Then we have snoopy reminding us to remember those overseas serving in the military. Yet Charlie Brown represents many of us trying to find the real meaning in Christmas. Linus comes through though giving us a reading from Luke.
Today we see in the reading from John that the temple leadership were beginning to question what was going on with John (the Baptist). He doesn't seem to clear it up too much, but instead adds to the question. They were looking for proof and a direct declaration from John. That is not the way though. Faith is what recognizes the answers, not proof. St Paul gives us the do’s and don’ts to help us recognize.
Do’s - Rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks for everything-for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Don’ts - Do not stifle the Spirit; do not despise the prophetic gift. But test everything, and only accept what is good. Avoid any semblance of evil.
These actions will help you to see the real meaning of Christmas.