Wednesday 9th December
Theme - Joy
The Gospel this Sunday
A man came who was sent by God. His name was John, John the Baptist. He came as a witness – as a witness to Jesus Christ. Priests were sent from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” John replied, “I am not the Christ.” “Are you the prophet Elijah then – or the Prophet?” they asked. He answered, “No.” “So, who are you?” they asked. “What have you to say about yourself?” John replied, “I am the voice of the one who cries in the wilderness: ‘Make the Lord’s way straight.’” Finally they asked him, “Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John said, “I baptise with water. But someone is coming soon who is more powerful than I am.” This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the River Jordan, where John was baptising.
This is the Word of the Lord.
“Dear young people, if we are close to Jesus, we will have joy in our hearts and a smile on our face.” Pope Francis
Who did John the Baptist come to tell the people about? This weekend we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent which is known as Gaudete Sunday and light the pink candle on the Advent wreath.
The word ‘Gaudete’ in Latin means ‘Rejoice!’. We joyfully celebrate that Christmas is near and we rejoice that Christ is coming.
Time to Reflect -
What does the word joy mean?
When do you feel joyful?
When was the last time you brought joy to someone and what did you do?
“Joy is very infectious; therefore, always be full of joy.” St Teresa of Calcutta
Do you like this quote?
Do you think it is true?
Now watch these 2 Christmas adverts about spreading some joy and spending time with the ones we love.
Let us Pray -
Dear Lord Jesus, please help our families to experience the joy that you bring, and to share your joy with all those that we meet.
Saint Thomas More ...