Advent 3nd Sunday: Year C [16DEC12] Theme for week 3—Joy & Peace
Readings: Canticle 9—Isaiah 12:2-6 ◊ Zeph3:14-20 ◊ Philippians 4:4-7 ◊ Luke 3:7-18
Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
Today the Church, historically, celebrates the third Sunday of Advent with the theme of Joy. It is the day and feast known as Gaudete Sunday or Gaudete in Domino meaning, “Rejoice in the Lord.” With great sadness, we are reminded of our grave need for a Savior, especially in light of recent events and the tragedy in Newport, Connecticut. How incredibly difficult, if not impossible, is it to consider the idea of joy at such a time as this… but the Advent of our Lord is the hope for all joy, both now and eternal. God is our salvation and we look to Him for the peace and deliverance from evil we so desperately need. Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
My soul magnifies the Lord; my spirit exults in God my Savior. With joy we will draw water from wells of salvation. We give thanks to you, Lord; we call on your name. You are he Lord for whom we wait; We are glad and rejoice in your salvation.
Advent asks us to deal with the basics of our relationship to God through Jesus Christ. Do I really believe in Christ? Have I put my hope and trust in him? Do I see the future through the eyes of the one who came to redeem the world from the power of evil? Is there a longing within me for him to be formed within, to take up residence in my personal life, in my home, and in my vocation? These are not easy questions to answer. They require meditation, intention, and above all, a commitment that remains steadfast. But if we would break away from a spiritual life growing cold and a Christ who is becoming distant, we must be attentive to our spiritual discipline and long for God to break in on us with new life. When we do this, we experience the true meaning of Advent spirituality. -Robert Webber; Ancient-Future Time
2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.5 Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 12:2-6)
May our compassionate God drive all our anguish, bestow health, and give us by the loving-kindness of the Father, the kingdom of the heavens.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, by body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live and in your name I will lift up my hands My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Eternal Lord our God, the beginning and end of our lives, give us grace to serve you with joy, that we might know that our full and lasting happiness is a life of constant service to you and our neighbor. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.