(3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday)
‘Gaudate’ Sunday (Latin for ‘rejoice’) is symbolised through the lighting of the pink candle and the wearing of rose coloured vestments by the priest. The theme of rejoicing is also emphasised through the readings, where joy, prayer and thanksgiving are said to be an essential part of people of God.
Again in our Gospel this week, John the Baptist is held out to us as an example for his commitment to the Kingdom of God. As a man of fasting and prayer, he also rejoiced over Jesus’ arrival. Let us also do the same!!
Gob Bless Fr Graeme