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This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.[1]

You might think that this is not a day of rejoicing because in our Gospel we hear of John the Baptist’s imprisonment. But even John could rejoice because his disciples come back from Jesus with the comforting words that “…tell John what you hear and see; the blind see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised to life and the Good News is proclaimed to the poor;
and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.”[2]

Do you ever lose faith in Jesus, our Messiah? Perhaps when prayers seem not to be answered, when illness strikes you or your near family members, when the sun seems to shine on others rather than you?

If you do, then entreat the Lord with humble prayer to let you see with the eyes of St. John the Baptist, that ultimately Jesus is the One who knows the  outcomes for all situations. He has everything in hand. Just trust Him!

This is worth pondering over this third week of Advent.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Today’s Entrance Antiphon from Phil.4:4-5

[2] Mt.11:5-6