Friday, December 10, 2010

The Lord is Near

We call this Third Sunday of Advent “Laetare Sunday.” Laetare is a Latin word meaning “rejoice” from the entrance antiphon “Rejoice in the Lord always; I say it again. The Lord is near.” Furthermore, the scripture readings are more up-beat than the first two Sundays of Advent.

People naturally rejoice when something good comes their way – holidays, family reunions, special dinners, and exchanging gifts. However, something better is coming in Jesus. Let us prepare for his coming and roll out the welcome mat through a little extra prayer, donations to the poor, and the sacrament of penance.

- Fr. Carl

Our Lord is never found in
Pomp, Pleasure, Luxury, but in
lowliness and humiliation.
The Saint Cure D’Ars