Rejoice! The Third Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday” from the Latin word for ‘rejoice’. We rejoice because Christmas is near. As a sign of joy, the rose-colored candle is lit on our Advent wreath and the vestments worn by the priest are rose-colored.
In just a few short days now we will celebrate Christmas, the great Feast of the Incarnation. The Eternal Word of God takes on flesh and God makes his home with us in our humanity and nothing, absolutely nothing, can ever be the same again.
At Christmas we celebrate the end of long centuries of waiting for the promised Messiah. Throughout the Advent Season the Church puts us in touch with the great Prophets of Israel who kept the hope of a Messiah alive through those long centuries.
Chief among these prophets is Isaiah who in today’s reading tells us, “Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.”
As an Advent practice this year, we invite each parish family to spend an hour in quite adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. In all the hustle and bustle of this beautiful season, we can easily lose sight of what it all really about. On Christmas Day we will hear the familiar and beautiful strains of, “O Come, Let Us Adore Him.” The very Jesus who was born in Bethlehem is present to us in the tabernacle of our church. As shepherds and kings made their way to a humble stable in Bethlehem, let us find our way, in these waning days of Advent, to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Christ the King.
An hour of adoration in preparation for Christmas Day will help us join more fully in heralding on Christmas Day the birth of the One who comes to save us. “O Come, Let Us Adore Him!”
See you at Mass!