Each one of us has experienced God’s action in our lives in some special way, at least once. Maybe through a truly uncanny coincidence, or through an answered prayer, or through the providential intervention of a friend or loved one. I must admit that I too have experienced such God’s interventions. There were times when I was almost mad at God that he had ruined my plans I had for my own sake. When I was ready to proceed with my plan suddenly, something strange happened. A person or an event had changed my plans. Once I was in a hurry for a train to go to an important meeting. Then, suddenly, it happened that I had to take a stranger to a hospital. And of course, I was late for the train.
The Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of rejoicing. That’s why today’s readings mention the word “joy” twelve times. Jesus didn’t come to intimidate and oppress us; he came to save us. Salvation, friendship with God, the fullness and security of living in communion with our Creator and Redeemer, of being “gathered into the barns” of his eternal and sublime Kingdom… This is the message of Christmas, the message we have been thinking about during these weeks of Advent. In today’s Second Reading, St Paul actually commands us to “rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS.” And just in case we thought he was exaggerating, in the very next sentence he says, “I say it again, rejoice!” We can only rejoice “always” if our joy is based on something that goes deeper than the passing pleasures of this world. Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent
Every summer we are reminded and admonished by our priests that the summer is not a vacation from Sunday Mass, emphasizing that we should take this into consideration while away on vacation over weekends. And how do we react to these reminders? In different ways. Personally, I do not have a problem with this, but Continue reading 10 Good Reasons To Go To Sunday Mass