Sunday, December 12, 2021
The readings for the Third Sunday in Advent (Gaudete Sunday) for Year C encourage us to rejoice at the new life being offered to us through Jesus Christ. In the first reading (Zephaniah 3:14-18A) we hear that the Messiah is a mighty savior who will bring joy and love. The psalm (Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6) sings “Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.” In the second reading (Philippians 4:4-7) Paul tells us to rejoice for the Lord is near. And in the gospel (Luke 3:10-18), John the Baptist tells his followers that a great savior is coming.
This would be a good time to discuss the Incarnation. Why did God become man and what does that mean for us? Here are some ideas: