Third Sunday Of Advent - Reflection 17.12.2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

- Jn 1;6-8, 19-28.

The Gospel for today combines a brief passage from the prologue to
John’s Gospel with a report about John the Baptist. As in Mark’s
Gospel, the Gospel of John contains no birth narrative. Instead,
John’s Gospel begins with a theological reflection called the
“prologue.” It places the story of Jesus in its cosmological
framework. It speaks of Jesus’ existence with God since the beginning
of time. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of
the Old Testament and the culmination of the Word, the light that is
coming into the world’s darkness.

John announces that the saviour they seek is already among them, but
as yet unrecognised. John’s response highlights for us an important
Advent theme: Jesus has already come into the world as our saviour.
During Advent, we pray that we will be able to recognise Jesus’
presence in our midst. Advent also reminds us that Jesus will come
again to fulfill the promise of salvation. We pray that we will
continue to be watchful as we anticipate that great day.

The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete, a
Latin word which means “rejoice,” is taken from the entrance antiphon
for Sunday’s Mass. This theme is echoed in today’s second reading from
the first Letter to the Thessalonians. It is a reminder that Advent is
a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand! Blessed
Advent !