THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Also Read: Mass Readings for 12 December 2021
First Reading: Zephaniah 3: 14-18a
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory. (15-17)
The Lord our God is amongst us and we must not weaken. The words here bring solace and encouragement. We have a Warrior God who is the Triumphant Victor! Therefore, our hands must continue our ministry in whichever field we are planted. The Lord is there, alongside us tilling the earth! Be strong and bold, have no fear of them. (Deut 31:6)
Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12: 2-6
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (6)
Second Reading: Philippians 4: 4-7
Let your gentleness be known to everyone, The Lord is near. (5)
This short passage must be lived in practical life to truly understand its importance! By faith, we can move mountains, but it is the daily walk uphill that tests our faith! The more we are assured of the Lord’s coming, the stronger we must resolve to hold on to our peace. Because the devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), beginning with our peace, joy, and faith! In the midst of our upward climb, no matter the storms or stones; it is a necessity for us to keep praising Our Lord. The moment we speak out the name of Jesus, the demons flee.
Let not the daily activities and preparations for the Lord’s coming this month and the time to come; keep us from praising him as we work! We will experience The Lord’s Peace subtly descend in our yearning and quiet hearts.
Make room in your hearts! Amen!
Gospel: Luke 3: 10-18
St. John the Baptist here is exhorting the people to be charitable, just, and content with their own wages. That was the first coming of our Lord; are we ready today for Our Dear Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming? It was heard once, that there is another coming too – The Coming of Our Lord in our hearts!
While proclaiming about Christ’s arrival, St John details his ministry work too! May we recognize the times we are in and be dedicated to refining ourselves! May we endeavor to remove the chaffy bits from our hearts. Are we charitable with our time? Are we just with our treasure? Do we recognize and hone our own talents/ or remain envious of others?
We are a saved people, may we walk in accordance! Amen!