First Reading: Isaiah 56:1-3, 6-8
Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
Gospel: John 5:33-36
In the readings of the Third Week of Advent, Jesus talks
considerably about John the Baptist. Reflecting on the message of
the readings, we are encouraged to listen and respond to the message
it relays. Are we prepared for Advent and for the Lord to again
enter into our hearts? What is the magnitude and strength of our
Jesus ultimately puts it all together in a few simple sentences in
today’s Gospel. John the Baptist “was a burning and shining
lamp.” “He testified to the truth.” But Jesus has “testimony
greater than John’s.” Jesus is the Way that John describes and
calls for us to prepare for.
The coming birth of Christ is undoubtedly a time for celebration and
rejoicing. But as it is a time for joy, it is also a time for us to
examine ourselves and honestly assess ourselves in terms of how much
we really believe in the Lord’s teachings.
Advent is also a time of preparation and a time to confess our human
shortfalls and failings. When we experience the Lord’s forgiveness,
we experience a renewal of our belief in Him and achieve the true
joy in His coming.
“Lord Jesus, let the fire of your love and truth burn in my heart
that I may radiate the joy of the gospel to those around me.”