Sunday, December 17, 2023
The readings for the Third Sunday in Advent (Gaudete Sunday) for Year B encourage us to rejoice because our salvation is near. The first reading (Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11) foreshadows the coming of the Messiah, the anointed one. The psalm (Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54) is the Magnificat – “My soul rejoices in my God.” The second reading (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) encourages us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. And in the gospel (John 1:6-8, 19-28) John the Baptist tells the priests that he is not the Christ, but that the Messiah is coming.
Some possible topics for this weekend are hopeful waiting, humility, and joy. Here are some ideas: