Third Sunday of Advent

Zep 3:14-18; Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18

We live in times of stress, anxiety, and apprehension. We exist in a world that is broken, yearning for repair and nourishment. We reside in fear and mistrust of others because of their ethnicity, color of their skin, country of origin, or just because they are not like us. We are reminded that we are called by our God to do great things for ourselves and for others. To know that God has a love for us that is immeasurable to the human mind and he will carry us in time of turmoil and trouble. But most importantly, be joyous, hopeful and celebrate our love for God and all the creatures of the earth.

Leave your worries and concerns at the altar and God will provide. We are directed to rejoice in the Lord, to be happy and joyous in all we do. We are charged with understanding the difference in spontaneous happiness and essential joy. Things that are fleeting produce happiness that soon dissipates; yet joy evolves from a relationship with Jesus Christ that elicits a hope that is constant. The daily ups and downs come and go, yet the passion for life remains as long as we believe. With Christ at the center of our life all is amazing.

Patrick McLaughlin
Pilgrim, St. Francis Prep