Saturday, December 13, 2014

3rd Sunday in Advent - John 1:6-8, 19-28 - "Rejoice!"

Brother and Sisters: 
Rejoice in the Lord!  
Sing praises to the Lord!  Rejoice! 
Let your soul, your whole being magnify His greatness! 

Rejoice!  The Lord comes with mercy and salvation for His people.  
He, the Lord is holy.  He is faithful to His promise and will gather all His beloved children to Him as He has promised.

Rejoice! Give praise and thanks to the Lord for all the great things He has done for us.  
Pray unceasingly to the Lord, trust in His love and mercy!  
Holy is the Lord and holy is His name! 

Rejoice!  Let the Spirit of the Lord be upon you.
Turn your face toward the Lord and let His peace overshadow you.
Hope in the Lord! Reject what is evil and accept what is good.
Be filled with joy in the Lord!  Rejoice!

Open your ears to hear His Good News!  
Open your lips to proclaim His Name to all nations!  
Be heralds of His saving Word: messengers of His peace and love for all the world! 

On this Gaudete Sunday, this Rejoice Sunday let us rejoice in the Good News of our Lord.  Let ours be the voices crying out in the desert of today’s world.  Jesus, the Christ, our Lord is coming again into the world.  Make straight His pathways!  Prepare the way of the Lord, for he comes with love and mercy to gather all the righteous to Himself.  Prepare your hearts, make straight crooked ways: remove all obstacles and distractions, mend rifts with all others.  Return to the holy path that leads to life eternal through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Lord, Jesus has told us that the Father has prepared a place for us in the eternal kingdom of heaven.  He, the Good Shepherd is coming to gather all His sheep, all that the Father has given Him; bringing them all into the peace and glory of God’s heavenly kingdom.  Be ready!  Be ever watchful, for we know not the day nor the hour when He will arrive.  Let Him find us, whether in day or at night, ready to welcome Him.

When He comes again, let our Lord Jesus find us ever faithful; going about the mission He set before us.  In His absence, He told His disciples: (Mat 28:18-20) 
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
As good and faithful servants, let the Master find us diligently going about His work: comforting the sorrowful; the lost and lonely, - caring for the suffering and wounded – all who are troubled by the worries of this world.  Let Him find us teaching the young, - counseling the doubtful - and loving one another as He loves us.  We are His heralds spreading to all the world God’s message of love, peace and joy to all people.

On this 3rd Sunday in Advent, this Gaudete Sunday, this Sunday of Rejoicing - let us truly Rejoice: sharing in the love we have received from our Lord as we wait, Rejoicing - in the fulfillment of His promise of salvation and life everlasting in the peace of God’s heavenly kingdom. Rejoice in the Lord for His love is never-ending. 

Rejoice! ~Amen

Deacon Don

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