The Third Sunday of Advent also is called Gaudete Sunday. From the Latin imperative meaning “Rejoice!”, today draws our attention to the closeness of the Lord’s arrival. It is a splendid occasion for us all to recommit to preparing well with the time that remains before the Nativity of the Lord Jesus. That is, we want to be sure to finish strong!
GOSPEL READING / JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28
Like John the Baptist in today’s Gospel, followers of Jesus bear witness to God’s light. The closer we make our way to God, the stronger our testimony about Him grows. The more we vacate space within ourselves for God, the more we become simple instruments of God, harmoniously blending into the beautiful “voice crying in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Lord.”