3rd Sunday of Advent Cycle A


‘Rejoice in the Lord always’

This is ‘Gaudete Sunday’. The Latin word gaudete means ‘rejoice’. We light the pink candle on our Advent wreath today. It is called the ‘Shepherds Candle’ and symbolises the joyful expectation of these days. ‘Where there is love, there is joy’, according to Mother Teresa, and love manifests itself most of all in giving and in service. Our experience of life teaches us that those who are most joyful are those who do most for others. Words attributed to LebaneseAmerican poet Kahil Gibran capture beautifully this core aspect of joy:

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.

I woke and I saw that life is all service.

 I served and saw that service is joy.’

Let us make this a truly joyful Christmas.