This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “Hope is not this-worldly optimism. In fact, from a purely natural perspective, pessimism is the right attitude. Hope is that supernatural virtue which orders our desire toward heaven and the things of heaven. What Isaiah talks about in our first reading is not an expectation that will be realized here below, but only in a transfigured world on high. . .…”
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “The signs of the season are all around us these days—displays in the malls, decorations in homes, music on the radio. Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, and this is the Sunday Soundbite for the Third Sunday of Advent. In the Gospel today, Jesus urges the disciples of John the Baptist to look for signs as well—signs that Jesus is truly the one sent by God. Such signs include dramatic transformations in people—physical disabilities healed, Good News proclaimed to the poor. ... .“
Advent is the (roughly) four week season before Christmas when many Christians (Catholic, etc) commemorate the first coming of Christ and anticipate his second coming. Advent can fall on any date between (and including) November 27 and December 3.