Jesus is the Joy of Our Soul

(3rd Sunday of Advent Year C)
The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” is a Latin word meaning ‘Rejoice’. All of us are today invited to rejoice that the Lord is near. We are now half way through our preparation. The Solemnity of our Christmas draws closer and our own redemption gets nearer. This tells us that our soul should rejoice in the Lord. In the words of St Paul “…always happy in the Lord” Our real joy is in a way informed by John the Baptist in the Gospel today. “He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire”. Joy is the fruit of the Spirit, which is the foundation of our Christian life. Jesus, in the Gospel of John makes this aspect of joy very clear “I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.” ( John 15:11)
As we wait with Mary to celebrate the Birth of her Son, we who have been Baptised in Christ, are called to share the person of Jesus to others. This is our real joy. Proclamation of Gospel of Jesus Christ is a joy. So, as we wait with Mary in this season of Advent, let us try to share the joy of Coming Messiah who by overcoming the power of death, has given us eternal joy in its fullness.
May this Gaudete Sunday bring joy to every one of you and to your homes, friends, relatives and work mates. Let us unreservedly share this joy. Let the face of the earth shine on this Joy.”Rejoice in the Lord”.
Father Sam

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