Weekly Devotion – December 17th

Weekly Devotions

3rd Sunday wreath

The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, a name that comes from the Latin word meaning “Rejoice!” As the rose candle on the Advent wreath is lit, we rejoice that Christmas is near.

We rejoice in the fact that our God does not keep His distance from us, but enters into our human experience, shares our sorrows and our struggles, and takes upon His shoulders the weight of our sins so that we might dare to hope for the gift of eternal life.

Today we rejoice in the Good News that the Lord’s love is greater than anything we could have ever imagined. He reconciles us poor sinners and abides with us so that we might never again fear the powers of sin and death. He gives us consolation in times of sorrow and courage in times of weakness.
He fills our hearts with the “peace of God which surpasses all understanding.” We rejoice this day not simply because of the nearness of the celebration of Christmas but also for the nearness of our God who makes that celebration possible.

Bible Diary for December 16th – 22nd

Bible Diary

December 16th
Third Sunday of Advent

1st Reading: Zep 3:14-18a:
Cry out with joy, O daughter of Zion; rejoice, O people of Israel! Sing joyfully with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem! Yahweh has lifted your sentence and has driven your enemies away. Yahweh, the King of Israel is with you; do not fear any misfortune. On that day, they will say to Jerusalem: Do not be afraid nor let your hands tremble, for Yahweh your God is within you, Yahweh, saving warrior. He will jump for joy on seeing you, for he has revived his love. For you he will cry out with joy, as you do in the days of the feast. I will drive away the evil I warned you about, and you will no longer be shamed.

Weekly Devotion – December 10th

Weekly Devotions

2nd Sunday wreathThe season of Advent calls us to conversion of mind and heart so that we might be more open to the presence of the Lord in our lives.

We are encouraged to turn away from sin and to leave behind anything in our lives that is contrary to the Gospel. Habits of selfishness keep us from recognizing the needs of the poor and less fortunate.

Indulging ourselves in the culture of hedonism prevents us from experiencing true love and all of the fidelity, commitment, and sacrifice that it requires.

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight,” John the Baptist cries.

He speaks not only to the people of his day who gathered around him. He also speaks to us and invites us to change our ways so that our hearts will be open to the presence of the Lord in our everyday living.

Bible Diary for December 9th – 15th

Bible Diary

December 9th

2nd Sunday of Advent

St. Juan Diego

1st Reading: Bar 5:1-9:
Jerusalem, put off your garment of mourning and unhappiness, put on the splendor and glory of God forever. Wrap yourself in the mantle of holiness that comes from God, put on your head the crown of glory of the Eternal One. For God will show your splendor to every being under heaven. He will call your name forever “peace in justice“ and “glory in the fear of the Lord.“ Rise up, Jerusalem, stand on the heights. Look towards the east and see your children gathered together from the setting of the sun to its rising, by the voice of the Holy One, rejoicing because God has remembered them. They left you on foot, taken away by the enemy. God will lead them back, carried gloriously like royal princes. For God has resolved to bring low every high mountain and the everlasting hills, to fill up the valleys and level out the ground, in order that Israel may walk in safety under the glory of God. Even the forests and the fragrant trees will give shade to Israel at God‘s command. For God will lead Israel with joy by the light of his glory, escorting them with his mercy and justice.

Weekly Devotion – December 3rd

Weekly Devotions



The prophets of the Old Testament pondered the thought that God is the supreme king and that, by Him alone, all other kings rule. In that vision, the ruling power over all the forces of evil is given to the Son of Man.

In the New Testament, the advent of this kingdom has the one theme: do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. At every stage in Christ’s teaching, the advent of this kingdom, its various aspects, its precise meaning and the way in which it is to be attained, form the staple of His discourses; so much so that His discourse is called “the gospel of the kingdom.”

In Christ the kingdom is not so much a goal or a place to be attained; it is rather a state of mind; it stands for an influence that must permeate our minds, if we would be one with Christ and aspire to His ideals.