Third Sunday of Advent
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 11,2-11.
with this question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."
As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.'
Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Sin and indifference can keep us from meeting the Lord. Before we can see him at work, we need to prepare the way for his coming to us. We need to get the wrong things out of the way, repent and ask for forgiveness so his Word can take root in our lives.
Prayer as we light the third Advent Candle - The Candle of Hope
As we light this third Advent candle, we remember the witness of John the Baptist, and how we need to be prepared to meet Jesus by acknowledging our sin and asking God to cleanse us.
We beseech thee to listen to our prayers, O Lord, and by the grace of thy coming enlighten our darkened minds: Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.