This coming Sunday is Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent). Gaudete is Latin for “Rejoice”. Throughout Advent there are repeated references made to our Lord’s Second Coming.
On Gaudete Sunday the Church no longer invites the faithful to adore merely “The Lord who is to come”, but calls upon us to worship and hail with joy “The Lord who is now nigh and close at hand”. 
The joy of expectation is emphasized and incites us to rejoice. We are to continue to prepare to meet the coming Saviour with prayers, supplications and thanksgiving.
May we be a source of joy to those in our families, workplaces and especially to those who have lost the faith or find this time of year difficult. This sounds easy but in practice it is tough. We must humble and die to ourselves so that we may bring joy to others despite what frustrations, stresses and issues we may have in our lives and especially during this busy time of year. We are people of joy and our source of joy is Jesus Christ.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Mary brought Joy into the world. May she always lead us to the joy that is within us, Jesus Christ.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!
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