Sunday

12 Dec 2021

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle C Click here for all content for this cycle Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Zephaniah 3:14-18a  The time for joy is here, because God is in our midst with power to save.

Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6  Sing with joy and gladness, for in the presence of the Holy One, we have nothing to fear.

Philippians 4:4-7  Rejoice always, and have no anxiety, for the Lord is near.

Luke 3:10-18  What should we do? Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

The note of joy this Sunday sounds clear in the liturgy, but it is not a generic joy we celebrate. We rejoice because God is in our midst, and the upcoming celebration of Christmas will bring home to us the advent of this presence in the person of Jesus.

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Exploring the word

Joy to the world

The Third Sunday of Advent is here, and once more in liturgical time we are invited to rejoice, on cue. Everywhere you look, the landscape is decorated with lights and festive symbols of mirth, even faith.

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Homily stories

Fiery tears

It isn’t what John the Baptist meant, but the term “baptism by fire” came into military parlance to refer to a soldier’s first time in battle and later to anyone who is tested in a new role.

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Homily stories

Life's little elations

In an unusual moment of foresight and planning, I ordered a $10 blonde wig online well in advance of Halloween for a costume my young daughter was planning to wear.

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Homily stories

Make lemonade from a lemon

Six weeks before her wedding, a California woman discovered that her fiancé’s affections were secretly engaged elsewhere. The wedding was called off and gifts returned. But the former bride-to-be discovered that she was still on the hook for the reception

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

To open ourselves to God’s joy, let us pray for forgiveness of our failings and sins.

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Quotes

Division is always a sign of the dwarfed soul, the heart which has yet to grow up enough.

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