The Weekend of December 15-16
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also know as Gaudete, or “Rejoice,” Sunday.
In the Readings
First Reading Zephaniah 3:14-18a
In the First Reading, we are told to rejoice and be glad because God is with us. Even though we are sinners, God comes to us to save us from our sin.
Second Reading Philippians 4:4-7
In the Second Reading, Paul also tells us to rejoice. God is near. We should have no anxiety but instead, through prayer, the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus.
Gospel Luke 3:10-18
The people ask John the Baptist what they should do. He tells them to be kind to others and give to those who are in need. When the people start to wonder whether John was the Messiah, he tells them that one mightier that he is coming. Jesus will come and baptize us with the Holy Spirit.
As part of today’s Offertory procession, we will witness the participants of the Children’s Liturgy bringing forth their glass stones which represent their prayers and good deeds. The children offer these each week of Children’s Liturgy throughout the year and finally present the gift box during Advent as a present for Jesus.
Shopping, giftwrapping, baking, parties. It’s the busiest time of the year. Sometimes with all the stress that can come with Christmas preparations, it can feel like “no room in the inn” describes our lives. We’re so busy that there’s no room in our day for preparing ourselves for Jesus. We can forget that this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. Thanks for joining us this Advent as we remember to take some time out of our busy lives to Make Room in our hearts for the joy of the season and of Jesus’ coming.
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