Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent – December 12, 2021

By Sr Mary Kay Meagher ND

Third Sunday in Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday

Traditionally the Advent wreath has 4 candles: 3 purple and one rose (represents hope) which is lighted on this Sunday.

Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann views hope as trust in what God has done and will do, despite evidence to the contrary: 

“Hope in gospel faith is not just a vague feeling that things will work out, for it is evident that things will not just work out.

Rather, hope is the conviction, against a great deal of data, that God is tenacious and persistent in overcoming the deathliness of the world, that God intends joy and peace. Christians find compelling evidence, in the story of Jesus, that Jesus, with great persistence and great vulnerability, everywhere he went, turned the enmity of society toward a new possibility, turned the sadness of the world toward joy, introduced a new regime where the dead are raised, the lost are found, and the displaced are brought home again.

“Come, Lord Jesus,” is not a cry of desperation but an assured shout of cosmic hope,” adds Richard Rohr