Reading 1:  Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Reading 2: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God” (IS 61:1-2).

These words, first spoken by the prophet Isaiah and repeated by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry, are instructions for service and evangelization (see LK 4:16-30).

In addition to being a time of preparation, Advent is an opportunity to reflect on the suffering of the poor and weak (cf. Psalm 41:1). It is an invitation to minister to the human and spiritual needs of the neediest amongst us. A ministry marked by joy and prayer     (cf. 1 THES 5:16).

Let’s remember this day that it is by following Jesus’s teachings that we become anointed and rejoice in our God (cf. IS 61:10b). It is how, like John the Baptist, we become “the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’” (JN 1:23).

– God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.

One thought on “Third Sunday of Advent

  1. Yes and amen that be the salt in the world to blessing and glory to God and too hope for lost in darkness with the Lord in his the light among us in the power ,bless and thanks and pray,keijo sweden

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