This week Fr. Dan Lydon, C.S.V. shares his reflections on the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent.

Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 10-11
Luke 1: 46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Thess 5: 16-24
Jn 1: 6-8, 19-28

Just as we begin scurrying to get all the decorations up, cards written, and gifts bought, the liturgy holds fast to the “reason for the season.” This week’s Word is about our mission to “prepare the way of the Lord.” Our mission is to bear witness to the coming of the Light. We are reminded that the darkest forces in our nation and in our world are not as powerful as they seem.

A pink candle is lit this week. That candle reminds us of another aspect of our mission as disciples of the Christ – to spread JOY. The “Responsorial Psalm” is replaced this Gautete Sunday with Mary’s Canticle: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit REJOICES in God my savior.” (Lk 1: 46)

What activity could we cut out of our lives in these next few weeks to ease the stress of the season so as to spread more JOY?

Fr. Dan Lydon, C.S.V. has served as teacher and administrator at Saint Viator High School for 16 years. Fr. Lydon currently teaches Religion and, with Mrs. Rita King, coordinates Adult and Family Faith Formation at Saint Viator.