This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
Third Sunday of Advent (Year C) (Zephaniah 3:14-18; Isaiah 12; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18)
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: “John the Baptist insists that preparation for the coming of the Messiah entails moral transformation. When the Messiah comes, all will face his judgment, but oddly enough, this judgment will be good news. . . ..”
Fr. Scott Lewis is associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto. Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.
This Sunday: “Zephaniah the Prophet exercised his ministry during an interesting time — the reign of King Josiah (640-609 BC). Josiah was a zealous and righteous king and the last hope for Israel before the darkness of destruction and exile overtook the nation in 587 BC. His reign was marked by reform, renewal and an attempt to eradicate idolatry from the land. In this sense, Zephaniah was more fortunate than Jeremiah, for at least there was a king who would listen…… “
Fr. Greg Friedman
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: “A friend of mine refers to Advent as a season of “joyful expectation.” Older Catholics remember this Third Sunday as “Gaudete Sunday” from the Latin word for joy. In times past, rose-colored vestments were worn in church today. ..”
Advent is the 4 week season before Christmas when Catholic and other Christians celebrate the first coming of Christ and anticipate his second coming. Advent can fall on any date between (and including) November 27 and December 3. This year (2012) Advent begins on December 2nd.