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Third Sunday of Advent 2021

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December 12, 2021

Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

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Joy, perhaps for some of us at times, seems almost an irreverence in our reality of violence, destruction of our common home, war, hunger and so much misery. The prophet Zephaniah was also conscious of his disastrous actuality yet proclaims, “God is with us.”

St. Paul affirms the importance of rejoicing, free from anxiety, and the Divine Peace will surround and clarify all the darkness of our understanding.

John the Baptist with poetic simplicity tells us “give to those who lack food or clothing, eliminate injustice and corruption, and be baptized with the fire of the Holy Spirit.”
All of this will surely help us to give to and be joyous for our planet. May Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast is today, touch our hearts with her serenity and love of the poor.

Then, as Isaias urges, “Shout with exaltation and thanksgiving: Our God is in our midst.”

Questions for reflection:

  • How can I be more aware, “in awe” of God present in our midst?
  • Do I try to see, rejoice and give thanks for the kindness and peace I experience?
  • What more can I do to be a joy-filled friend to all who inhabit this holy all-inclusive planetary home?

—Sister Eleanor Snyder, CSC