Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) - 15th December
Now be patient, brothers, until the Lord's coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains!
You too must be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord's coming will be soon.
Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates.
For your example, brothers, in patiently putting up with persecution, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord's name.
Gaudete means rejoice. The Lord’s coming will be soon! On the First Sunday of Advent we talked about Advent as a season of expectant delight, and of the preparations we are undertaking for the coming season of joy. As our preparations continue, as the awaited time comes closer our joy increases, we thirst with longing for His coming! St. Josemaria Escriva put it much more beautifully than I can, “Advent is here. What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive!”
Advent Advantage: Rejoice, the Lord’s coming will be soon! Receive Him in the Eucharist, or make an Act of Spiritual Communion if you are unable.