December 17, 2017
This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday
This is the day rose vestments may be used
These words in the First Reading were addressed to the Jews in exile in Babylon (587-538 BC), who had lost everything.
These are some of the words from Isaiah that Jesus opened and read when he was called in the synagogue.
Jesus is the one who for fulfills these words.
Certainly our lives today for most people are much better than the lives of our ancestors.
But we can still have times of struggles and sufferings and become very despondent.
Jesus comes everyday to free us from our exile of sin.
His love and mercy always gives each of us the opportunity to have eternal life.
Saint Paul wrote these words to the converts at Thesalonica. The words we hear are also for us. Through. our baptism we are on our way to eternal life. That means that God is with us in the good times and in the rough times when things don't go as smooth as we like all of these are a part of gods plan for making is worthy of sharing his kingdom.
So knowing this we can certainly pray and rejoice always because of our promise of eternal life.
This gospel introduces us to a man who was sent from God whose name was John who was to lead others to Christ
In a sense we were sent by God to witness to others by our words and especially our actions Gods great love for us and everyone