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Sermons and Readings

The theme of rejoicing coincides with what the Church celebrates on the third Sunday of Advent, which is called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means joy. The Church purposely sets it on the third Sunday as it is sensitive to people's feelings when in waiting, we might find the waiting too long, tiring, and agonizing. ...

Advent III: Rejoice! God Is With Us by Justin Holcomb
More than any other week during the Advent season, Advent III represents a shift in attitude. One moves from hope, repentance, and fear of the coming Judge to rejoicing at the coming of salvation and the kingdom of God as Jesus makes all things new. These Advent rhythms represent shifts that we often experience in our Christian lives. Some days we feel like the injustices in this world are more than we can handle, some days we anguish over our sin, and others we long for the day when God will finally defeat the last great enemy, death. ...

Rejoice in the Lord always! - The Third Sunday of Advent by Carl Olson
Two implicit questions are suggested by the readings: "Are we ready to meet our Savior?" and "Do we recognize Him among us?" Today's responsorial, the twelfth chapter of Isaiah, declares that the great and Holy One of Israel is "among you." ...

Two Waitings by Fr. Paul Scalia
There are two kinds of waiting. There is passive waiting - nothing more than sitting around, tapping your feet, twiddling your thumbs, drumming your fingers, looking at your watch. It suggests a lack of hope and love. It fails to prompt us to action because the object of waiting does not seem worth it. Then there is the kind of waiting full of expectation - the kind that makes us resist any distractions or other loves. ...

Gaudete in Domino semper! By Father Mark
Today's Introit is one of the few drawn from the Epistles of Saint Paul. It is an exhortation to joy, but its mood is quiet and reflective. "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer let your petitions be made known to God" (Phil 4:4-6). ...

Why 'Gaudete?' by Br. Hyacinth Marie Cordell, OP
Gaudete and Laetare Sundays express the foretaste of the good things to come that we experience even now. The Church summons us to "look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." ...

Charity for All by Father Edward McIlmail, LC
By calling for charity and justice John wants to prepare the people for the arrival of the Messiah. Without hearts open to others, they would not be able to accept the robust message of Christ. Charity prepares the heart for the seed of the Gospel. ...

What Do We Do? by Dr. Scott Hahn
Each of us is being called to stand in that crowd and hear the "good news" of John's call to repentance. We should examine our lives, ask from our hearts as they did: "What should we do?" ...

Third Sunday of Advent: Joy and the Baptist by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
The Baptist was joyful because he was humble. In fact, he shows us the true nature of this virtue. Humility is not beating up on yourself, denying that you have any gifts, talents, or importance. John knew he had an important role which he played aggressively, with authority and confidence. ...

More Joy in Suffering Than in Enjoyments
The Lord commands us not only to rejoice sometimes, but to rejoice always (Phil 4:4). This does not mean we rejoice over all things, but that we rejoice in the Lord under all circumstances. Because the Lord is our Joy and the circumstances are not, we can rejoice in the midst of "the distress of many trials" (1 Pt 1:6). ...

Meditation on Philippians 4:4-7
St. Paul in the second reading calls us to "Rejoice in the Lord always." During Advent, we should rejoice not only in the coming of our Lord as a baby at Bethlehem, but his coming into our hearts as well. The assurance of the fullness of salvation in Christ’s second coming should also cause us to rejoice. How well are you able to "Rejoice in the Lord" when faced with the difficulties of the current world situation? ...

A Life That Bears Fruit in Keeping With Repentance
If we desire Christ's life and salvation, we too must change our lives. Not only must we accept Jesus as Savior, we must also – by the conversion of our lives – obey Him as Lord. God asks us to act justly toward one another: He has showed you. O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Mic 6:8). ...

The Blessed Mother and Advent Part 3: Theotokos sums up all that Mary is by Carl E. Olson
Possessing perfect faith, itself a gift from God, Mary was overshadowed by God the Father, anointed by the Holy Spirit, and filled by the Son. She was chosen by God to bear the God-man, the One in whom the "whole fullness of deity" would dwell. Completely filled by God, she is completely holy. Chosen by God, she is saved. ...


Opening Prayer:

Lord God,
may we, your people,
who look forward to the birthday of Christ
experience the joy of salvation
and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.

Bible Reading Schedule

This Christmas, do something that will refresh and strengthen your soul. These 25 short, daily Bible readings highlight the birth of Jesus and the purpose for His coming. Related Old Testament passages are also featured. Recapture the reason for the season!

Day 16: John the Baptist exalts Jesus

Day 17: Jesus claims to be God

Day 18: Jesus eases John the Baptist's doubts

Day 19: The transfiguration

Day 20: Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Day 21: Jesus blesses the children

Day 22: Jesus predicts His death, part 1


Where is Your Joy? by Debbie Wright
Is it any wonder that the third candle of Advent, the Joy candle, is called The Shepherd's Candle? Perhaps no other figure in the nativity story was blessed to receive such unblemished, unmitigated joy as the shepherds were. ...

Are You Prepared? by Greg Laurie
On the first Christmas, it was pretty much business as usual. Things had been bleak for the Jewish people for some time. There had been an icy silence from heaven. Four hundred years had passed, and there had not been a single prophet to speak for God. There had been no miracles performed... ...

A World Asleep by Jill Carattini
It might seem odd to think of death in a season remembering the birth of the Christ child. But from the beginning, it was apparent that this birth was accompanied by death. The young couple was forced to flee at Herod's edict to slaughter all the boys in and around Bethlehem two years old and under. Elsewhere, an aging prophet told the young mother that the child cradled in her arms would cause the falling and rising of many, and that a sword would pierce her own heart too. ...

How Do We Prepare Well for the Coming of the Lord by Fr Corapi
Advent is upon us again. This year it would be good for us to live out the meaning of the season, which is "preparation," preparation for the coming of the Lord. In the liturgical season of Advent we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. We should use this as a warm-up for "preparing" to receive God in our soul constantly. The soul in a state of grace is the dwelling place of the most holy Trinity...

The Joyous Paradox of Advent
Advent represents a coming rather than a going away, but holds a similar tension. On the one hand, we look backwards to Christ's first coming in the manger. On the other, we look forward to the Second Coming and the fullness of our reunion with the Lord. And here we are, stuck between the two in the 21st century. ...

This Week in Syriac Orthodox Church

In Syrian Orthodox Church, on Sunday, December 16, 2012 we reflect on the Revelation to St. Joseph by the Angel. Read and meditate with these resources:

Sermons for the Sunday - Revelation to St. Joseph

Revelation to Joseph - Dec 16 - Read in Malankara World Journal Issue 113

Malankara World Journal Issue 42 - Advent - Revelation to Joseph (2011)


See Also:

Advent Week 4

Advent Week 2

Advent Week 1

Malankara World Advent Supplement

Malankara World Christmas Supplement

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