Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Psalm Luke 1:46-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Isaiah’s beautiful prophecy of glad tidings to the poor, healing for the broken-hearted, and liberty for captives is a promise to the Israelites of freedom from exile and a return home. We hear it on this Third Sunday of Advent, a day we call Gaudete Sunday. The word gaudete means “rejoice;” it is taken from Saint Paul who advises the Thessalonians, and us, to rejoice always.

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