Scripture Reflections for the Third Sunday of Advent

Year B, Lectionary 8

Are we allowing ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit and rejoicing in God's goodness? No matter our circumstances if we make room in our hearts for God then we can have that joy that the world cannot take away because it is rooted in the divine. We can proclaim God's message and won't concern ourselves with frivolous matters because we know God is within us.

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Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
John 1:6-8, 19-28

“In this holy season of Advent let us allow the questions put to John the Baptist to resonate within our own lives: “Who are you? What have you to say about yourself? Why are you doing what you are doing?” These are what have been called redemptive questions, questions that seek to trigger a definitive awakening.”

"Who are you?" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | December 10, 2023
Catholic Productions | "Bearing Witness to the Light" | Brant Pitre | December 7, 2020

“Do we know who we are? Are we aligned with the will of the one who has created us, who has sent us, whom we are called to rejoice in unceasingly?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | December 13, 2020

“Happiness is not something that is far away that we need to chase after, happiness is something that we need to recognize”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 10, 2020
Overall Readings

“Our God has already come but do we allow the embrace of God to touch our lives, our worries, our preoccupations, our plans, our finals, our joys and our sorrow? Do we allow that?”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | December 13, 2020

“we have to be ready to defend our hope and if we defend it well we'll spread it, that hope will spread to others”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Guadete! Rejoice Always!" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | December 16, 2023

“So today the Church reminds us in as much as we keep expecting more blessings from God we must identify, appreciate and live out and enjoy that which we have now”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 11, 2023

“we are called to bring that vision on Earth and to return to right relationship with God and with one another. Now I don't know about you but that sounds a lot like the Kingdom of God on Earth to me and that is surely a reason to rejoice.”

Catholic Women Preach | Joan Neal | December 17, 2017

“Do what Jesus and Mary both realized they were born to do and what each of us was baptized to take on, find joy in the disruptive work of birthing the kingdom of God”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Jennifer Vosters | December 8, 2023

“There times in our lives when it's hard to focus on the blessings that God has given us but that's the challenge of being Christians in this modern world, to help others find a way to rejoice even in their darkest hour”

Fr. Tony Ricard | December 17, 2023

“if that joy seems far away, wait for it. If the joy seems far away, walk toward it. If that joy seems like it's never going to come, trust in God”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | December 17, 2023

“Everything, all of this unfounded joy, all of this unfounded optimism of Isaiah was indeed founded in truth because it was founded in the word of the Lord, his hope, his optimism was in God”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | December 12, 2020

“It is not enough to make donations and give material gifts at this time of year...we are called to share the light. The light of God is within each of us and we share that light when we are in relationship with others.”

Catholic Women Preach | Bridget McDermott Flood | December 17, 2023