3rd Sunday of Advent
Today is Gaudete (or Rejoice) Sunday, the halfway point leading up to celebrating the Christ child’s birth. Paul tells us today in the 2nd reading that a Christian is a person who always rejoices, prays without ceasing, gives thanks in all circumstances, and refrains from every kind of evil…why? So that the God of Peace may make us perfectly holy in spirit, soul, and body and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (New Years’ resolutions, perhaps?)
Despite having to celebrate a “Christmas-in-pandemic” this year, the central and all-important truth of our faith remains: Jesus came once—he remains forever! Or as Saint Paul said it so magnificently: I am convinced that neither death, nor any present or future thing, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 8:35-38).
Christmas is a sacred and beloved time to celebrate mystery and wonder. It is the most joyful and meaningful event the world has ever known. It is called the incarnation—that incredible moment in time when the invisible God, creator of the vast universe that envelops us, in a burst of divine exuberance chose to mask his awesome divinity and wrap his personhood in the visible attractiveness of a human baby and literally become one of us! Wow!
Our liturgy today invites us to find hope and courage in the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament of Eucharist and to realize that Jesus is truly the one and only effective savior of the pandemic afflicting our common home, the earth.
May our faith deepen, and feelings of hope and joy fill our hearts and homes this Christmas as we look forward to a safer and better New Year 2021!
Let Us Pray:
(Together with the pregnant Mary)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant … and remembered his promise of mercy. (Luke 1:46)
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