#MyMassTakeaway: Imperfect Rejoicing on Gaudete Sunday

Today’s the Third Sunday of Advent.

Find the Mass Readings here: Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017

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This Sunday is the Gaudete Sunday, third Sunday of Advent, when we are invited truly to rejoice because very soon we will celebrate the coming of Jesus, in flesh, in very humble circumstances, so humble probably in which neither of us would find joyful. Fr. Vincent had a great reminder in his #homily today: For some of us, this great season of joy is not joyful at all, it might be a season of sadness – some of us might have lost loved ones and this is the first Christmas without them, or lost jobs or are having their last Christmas because of sickness. If you are experiencing this, this is exactly the reason Jesus came to us. He didn't come because we have lights on the tree, cookies in the oven or elves on the shelves. He came to heal the broken hearted, release those in bondage and comfort us. The grace he offers us is the joy of the gospel that goes beyond our circumstances. God wants to be invited in our messy lives and struggles. The Jesus who eats, sleeps, drinks, he wanted to be with us. We see the true joy of coming out of ourselves in John the Baptist, he is the one who Testifies, testifies to the Light. He had the amazing joy of knowing Jesus- he really didn't live in great conditions: He wore camel hair clothing, ate locusts and was beheaded. He said he had the joy of being the friend of the bridegroom. — This joy is truly a Grace. Grace is a gift from God, a gift you don't necessarily deserve or can receive through your own efforts. Faith is a Grace as well. These days I was praying for the grace of being able to recognize Jesus. It sounds funny, but there is a chance you would be face to face with Jesus and not know it is him. It happened before, when he came in flesh, many didn't recognize him…. what a tragic thing that would be…so let's pray for the grace of Faith and Joy! . . #MyMasstakeaway #thewordofgod #drawclosertogod #lovegod #godinspired #openjourney #religiousart #christianart #catholicartist #faith #sermon #advent #gaudete #joy #jesus #stgerardparish #grace #johnthebaptist #icon @tojesussincerely @v_rich14

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WHO IS JOHN THE BAPTIST? Who is this man, who has a profound spirit of God, with which he exercises it in the desert, by calling on people to repent? The priests, Levites and Pharisees who are sent to John are all quick to question by whose authority he preaches this repentance. NOT ELIJAH Surely the Jewish people were awaiting the return of the prophet Elijah, who was carried up to heaven by a whirlwind and a chariot and horses of fire. The profit Malachi foretold the return of the great profit Elijah: Behold, I will send you Eli′jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.” ~Malachi 4:5-6 But John says he is not Elijah. NOT MOSES The Jews were also waiting for the prophet, like Moses, who was foretold to rise up from among them: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed” ~Deuteronomy 18:15 But John says he is not Moses. NOT CHRIST John is not Elijah, not Moses, and he clearly stated, “I am not the Christ.” This perplexes the Jews, as John is sent by God, but is not God. In this time of expectation, who is this rouge preaching outside of the synagogue? Isaiah 40:3 states: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,  make straight in the desert a highway for our God. John answers the question as to his identity, with this verse from Isaiah. In John 1:23, he says to them: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” PROPHESY FULFILLED The gospel of John tells us that John the Baptist was sent from God. His mission was to testify to the coming of Christ, so that others might believe through John. He was to prepare the way for the coming Messiah, as all the prophets did before him. This mission was one that was prepared for John, and foretold before his very birth. When John’s father Zechariah entered the temple… https://thelionofdesign.com/blog/advent-reflections-3rd-sunday/

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