THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A.
15th December 2019.
Isaiah 35:1-6,10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11.
Today is Gaudete Sunday! We rejoice because of the signs associated with the coming of the Messiah. Today’s gospel tells of the signs that is associated with the coming of the saviour of humanity. The disciples of John the Baptist were told to report back to their master that the blind see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised to life and the Good News is proclaimed to the poor. The words of Jesus Christ to the disciples of John the Baptist re-echo the prophesy of Isaiah featured in today’s first reading. We are filled with joyful anticipation of the feast of Nativity.
Our joy lies in the experience of wholeness that Christmas brings. The deprived of our community will express similar joy if our generosity is extended to them this Christmas. The birth of the saviour in our hearts will motivate actions that will bring joy to the hearts of our neighbours. The miraculous joy of Christmas is founded on God’s generosity. God gave his only son Jesus Christ to be born for the salvation of humanity. Similarly, our generosity, motivated by the birth of the messiah in our heart, will bring joy to the hearts of the lonely and abandoned, the poor and homeless, the sad, confused and undecided etc. Generosity brings joy to the hearts of the poor.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.