Sunday, December 13, 2009

Homily for Gaudete Sunday

My brother's homily for the third week of Advent: "Christian Joy"

  • At Mass today, we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also known by it’s Latin name Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for “Rejoice!” which is the fist word of our Entrance Antiphon: Gaudete in Domino semper! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.” This is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In all of our readings today we see woven through them the thread of Joy. Listening closely to the unity of the readings our Mother Church gives us can provide the key to understanding what she wants to teach us. I think the key this Sunday is Christian Joy that is ours when Christ is near. Our penances, prayers, and fasting this Advent in preparation for the coming of the Lord is almost over. There is cause for great Joy! Soon, our Lord will be born again in our hearts, bursting forth with the light of day.
Read the rest here. Note that right now he's just a lowly seminarian so he doesn't actually say these homilies in Mass. He wrote and delivered it last year to the pastor of the parish where he was doing his pastoral year ... as a way to practice. Also see his homilies for the first and second week of Advent, and for the Feast of Christ the King.

Stop by his blog sometime and give him some encouragement. He's months away from the transitional deaconate and he needs your prayers.

Btw, the pic above is of "Fr. Z", who helps us to distinguish "pink" from "rosacea" -- an important distinction I'm sure!

Pax Christi,

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