December 11, 2011: 3rd Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Psalm: Luke 1
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Isaiah 61:1 paragraph 59
Isaiah 61:1-2 paragraph 28
1st Thessalonians 5:21 paragraph 126
“…Jesus describes his messianic ministry with the words of Isaiah which recall the prophetic significance of the jubilee..” paragraph 28
In faith, we experience the messianic jubilee. Glad tidings imparted to the poor in spirit, liberty proclaimed to captives of sin and release from the imprisonment of fear all come from the God of peace. The Lord, who call us, is faithful to accomplish the grace filled transformation if we hunger for His help. If we are rich in pride, we will be sent away with empty yearnings.
This Advent, how can you joyfully give the blessing of jubilee to someone for justice and peace to spring forth in their lives? Forgive a debt or a grudge, return a memento, stop hording and start sharing to initiate the spirit of jubilee. Let this be an occurrence to rejoice, not quench the Spirit and an opportunity to learn to give thanks in all circumstances — for this is the will of God when we follow the footsteps Jesus’ sandals left in the sand 2000 years ago.
Individual Reflection: 1st Thessalonians 5:16-24
On this Gaudete Sunday, make an effort to radiate joy by having a smile, showing enthusiasm and being hopeful.
Family Reflection: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
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