Third Sunday in Advent

From Anxiety to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

From Anxiety to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

So where do we find the gift of living without debilitating anxiety? Many say the answer is right here in these few verses: it is taking everything to the Lord in prayer. But that is only so if something far more fundamental has happened first: we have come to trust the Lord and his love for us and are confident that when we pray he always hears and always answers. Anxiety diminishes as faith increases.

One small verse in Isaiah captures the secret, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is staid on you, because he trusts in you”(Isaiah 26:3)

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The First Shots of the Revolution – Gospel in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

The First Shots of the Revolution – Gospel in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

We are caught somewhere between being somewhat distant from the past and unclear of the future. But Advent must not be reduced to a time during which we only say a few special prayers and have a few special masses in order to prepare for Christmas. It is the beginning of a revolution and we must treat it so. Advent is the time during which we are all called to, as Father Barron says, “Build a highway to facilitate the return of the true king. How do you do it? By preparing your hearts and your minds and your bodies and your communities to live in accord with the dictates of the New King….”

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He Gave Thanks – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday of Advent

He Gave Thanks – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday of Advent

To find life right here and now, Paul exhorts us to “give thanks in all circumstances.” Ann Voskamp has shown us a place to begin – start making a list and never stop. Keep a gratitude journal. From the greatest gift to the most common, in all things give thanks. Appropriate to the Christmas season, G.K Chesterton once said, “When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not thankful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” Why, indeed?

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He Came to Save – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

He Came to Save – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

Our lives are left impoverished by sin, our hearts are broken because of sin, and we find ourselves imprisoned by our sin and its effects …Even if we just think very superficially we can see the toll our envy, self-centeredness, anger, and pride have taken on our own happiness and those around us. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly.” Isn’t that, then, the same as Paul saying, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”? By saving us from sin he restores us to life, life abundant and life eternal. Best of all he restores us to relationship with Life itself, to relationship with God, in whom is our only true life and happiness.

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