Today is the Third Sunday of Advent or Gaudete Sunday. It is the day we light the pink candle on our Advent Wreath. It’s a day for rejoicing because the birth of Jesus is near. John the Baptist tells the people of his day to rejoice also because, “…. there is one among you whom you do not recognize, ….. whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie”. Do we recognize him ?
Sometime in the hustle of our Christmas preparation, sometimes in dealing with family issues or marital problems, or in our worries about the future, it seems hard to sense his presence. Even in grieving the loss of a loved one, he is with us. Therefore we need to rejoice because he is near. We need to call upon the Holy Spirit because he is the one who opens our eyes to see that Jesus is near.
Jesus isn’t hiding from us. He gave us his Spirit so that we can feel his presence, and that’s reason to rejoice !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.