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The liturgical color for this week is rose (or pink) as a reminder of the expectant joy we can experience in celebrating the nearness of our Savior. It’s an invitation to pause in the midst of all the activity and breathe deeply because the last-minute shopping, baking, cleaning, and wrapping may even start to weigh down upon us.
Embrace this Gaudete “Rejoice” Sunday as a call to pause from our busyness to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord, to prepare ourselves with JOY! “Cry out with joy!” we hear in Isaiah 12, for “the Lord is in our midst,” writes Zephaniah.
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit! Joy goes beyond mere moments of happiness that come and go. Hear more about it in the quick video (located on the Flocknote email).
In our Sunday Gospel we hear that John the Baptist brought good, joyful news to his followers:
“…one mightier than I is coming!
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of His sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire!”
Have an expectant joy-filled third week of Advent. If you missed any of the Advent homilies of the Fathers, you can find them all on our Advent Resource page. We hope to see you at the weekend Mass times where Father James is preaching and this coming week at any of the gatherings. Or stop by and visit Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at daily Mass during the week.
Questions for Additional Reflection:
How is Joy different than Happiness? Have you ever experienced real joy? Even in a time of suffering or trial? What’s one thing you can do to live joyfully this week?
Dear Jesus, fill me with a sense of Your nearness during this Advent season. May the joy of Your imminent arrival infuse every preparation, event, and celebration in these coming days.