THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
First Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-6a, 10
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” (3-4)
The Lord comes with strength for the weak. We know we are weak physically and spiritually today. But God has not abandoned us! He could be reaching out to us in the sudden meeting of a God-Fearing bold and wise Doctor! He could be sending messengers through unusual means! We must be alert to his promptings now, more than ever. For this to occur we must constantly be aware that the enemy is a prowling lion who is much more persistent than our attempts at faithfulness. He seeks to steal, kill and destroy the talent, time, treasure, and faith that God has bestowed on us.
But we must strive to resist the devil and not fear anything, because the Lord comes and saves us. Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 146: 6-10
The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. (8)
Second Reading: James 5: 7-10
You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (8)
This is true not only for this advent season but also for HIS imminent second coming! This is also true in our daily lives, as we keep submitting to the Holy Spirit, He comes! The early or late rains of healing, strength, wisdom, courage, and so on; will pour down, in due time. Be Patient and Watchful! –Because Jesus said: Whatever you ask for, believe that it is granted! (Mark 11:22-25) But along with this promise comes a clause: “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (v.25)
Therefore, ask with prayer and while praying, forgive anything you may have against anyone! And when an unusual source through a chance encounter, confirms the word of God that you have received; make haste and follow the instructions!
Gospel: Matthew 11: 2-11
Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. (4-5)
Have we not received our sight? Are we lame anymore? Is not our stinking heart, cleansed? Do we not hear? Have we not been raised to life in Christ? Do we not have the good news?
Do we still need another John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness? Also, wasn’t John the Baptist unusual for his time?
Amen! Alleluia! Thank You God!