There is much to say about this pink-laden Third Sunday of Advent, known Gaudete Sunday — Sunday of “Rejoicing!” As we now very quickly approach the celebration of the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom in the Person of Jesus Christ, we should pay close attention to the first reading from Isaiah and recall that this is the mission of Christ as proclaimed by Jesus in the synagogue at the beginning of his ministry in Luke’s Gospel. So, may we rejoice in the justice of God as we seek to follow in the footprints of Emmanuel — God with us! As he lived to do what Isaiah’s prophecy announces, so too may we be instruments of God’s reconciliation, justice and peace.
The First Reading
Advent Week III
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God.
I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations.
(Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11)