Gaudete Sunday

Readings for Sunday, December 15, 2019 — Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-6A, 10; Psalm 146:6-10;James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • Today is the third Sunday of Advent, which is often referred to as Gaudete (Latin for be joyful) Sunday. The reading from the Prophet Isaiah paints a picture of overflowing joy at the coming of the God who saves. The coming One saves God’s people and God’s creation from every sorrow and affliction. What sorrow in your own life and the life of the world do you need to offer the coming One this week? How does the joy of Christ’s coming cast out fear?
  • The psalmist sings a song of praise to the Lord who is just and compassionate. The refrain pleads for God’s coming salvation. How can the psalmist’s hymn serve as a model for your own Advent prayer?
  • Jesus mirrors the first text from the Prophet Isaiah in his answer to John’s disciples who have come to inquire if he is the Savior. He instructs them to go and tell John what they have heard and seen. How are you called to share the message of God’s love and Christ’s coming this Advent?