Pastor’s Desk – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. Today we light the pink or rose-coloured candle on our Advent Wreath as a sign of our Joy in the Lord.

While he is in prison, John hears about the work that Jesus is doing. Typical of his outspokenness he sends one of the disciples to ask Jesus directly if he is the one, they have been waiting for or will it be someone else in the future. Jesus’ reply is equally forthcoming. He tells the disciples to go back and tell John what they have seen and heard themselves. People who were blind can now see, some have had their hearing restored, lepers are healed and the dead are raised to life once more. He basically tells John ‘Judge for yourself’ adding the line ‘Happy is the one who does not lose faith in me’. John rightly concludes from that answer that Jesus was indeed the long-awaited Messiah.

The season on Advent is a time for each one of us to assess the impact this has on our lives as followers. It’s that time of good will towards others, especially those who may be less fortunate than we are. Jesus always had great care for those living on the ‘margins’ of society. He embraces wounded hearts and bruised souls. His work continues throughout time through us, his followers.

In these weeks of preparation for Christmas may our deeds of kindness make Christ’s presence felt in a special way in the lives of others.

Fr Gerry