Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 11, 2011

Melanie Stara

Sophomore, Elementary Education Major

Third Sunday of Advent
Is 61:1-2a, 10-11
Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
1 Thes 5:16-24
Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

“I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.” -Isaiah 61:10

Happy Gaudete Sunday! Gaudete Sunday happens every year on the third Sunday of Advent, and the word “gaudete” is the Latin word for “rejoice.” While most of the other readings for the season of Advent are written in a somber tone, the readings for today are meant to remind us of an important and joyous event: the birth of our Lord.

The first reading reminds us of God’s promise to make “justice and praise spring up before all the nations.” One way to live out this promise every day is by a simple practice that I try to do every day. Every evening, I think of five ways that God has blessed me throughout that day. These can be small things, like having beautiful weather outside, or bigger things, like doing well on a test. In this way, I stop and reflect on the ways that God has shown his love in my life, while paying more attention to these things as they happen.

In the Gospel, we see John the Baptist remind the priests and Levites about the coming of the Savior. John tells them that he is not the Savior, but instead it is One coming after him. John says that he is not worthy to even unstrap Jesus’ sandals. We are so blessed with such an incredible opportunity every day which is found in the Mass. Every day, Jesus comes to us under the appearance of bread and wine during the consecration of the Mass, even though we too are unworthy to unstrap Jesus’ sandals. In this way, we can, just like John the Baptist, evangelize to all people the coming of Jesus, both at Christmas and in the Mass every day.

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