Sunday, December 13, 2009
Third Sunday in Advent - Gaudete Sunday:
Readings according to the Extra-Ordinary/Traditional Rite:
Epistle: Philipp. 4:4-7
Brethren: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in every prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. And may the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Gospel: John 1:19-28
At that time, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: "Who art thou?" And he confessed and did not deny: and he confessed: "I am not the Christ." And they asked him: "What then? Art thou Elias?" And he said: "I am not." "Art thou the prophet? And he answered: "No." They said therefore unto him: "Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?" He said: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias." And they that were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him and said to him: "Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?" John answered them, saying: "I baptize with water: but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not. The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose." These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Comment: Gaudete Sunday! Rejoice! Our time of waiting is nearly over! The coming of the Lord is near! We meditate not only on the coming Christ Mass, but also the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior! We rejoice in His confirmation by St. John the Baptist as prophecied by Isaiah. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say REJOICE! Today we light the PINK candle of the Advent Wreath along with the first two purple candles we've lit the past two weeks.