Today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday – Gaudete from the Latin “rejoice”. It is the first word in the entrance antiphon of the mass. We have several reasons to rejoice – Advent is almost over and the great celebration of Christmas is near – we rejoice that our God chooses not to remain distant but comes and live right here amongst us – God who is incarnate – Emmanuel.

John the Baptist teaches us, again this week, three spiritual lessons. He also helps us recognise why we should rejoice.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; Luke 1:46-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 & John 1:6-8,19-28

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