Jesus Christ is born for us this day! He shall be Emmanuel, a name which means, "God is with us". On this holy night all of creation celebrates the closeness of our God. There is no greater gift to give or receive than the very presence of Jesus Christ. Let us receive him with joy and then share the Good News with all we meet. God is with us. God is always with us.
Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also called, "Gaudete Sunday". Gaudete is a Latin word that is translated, "rejoice". Why do we rejoice on this day, specifically, and what kind of rejoicing is in order? Today's homily takes on that question and reminds us to rejoice in light of our salvation that is to come.
Clearly, the message from Scriptures for all of us today comes from the words of Isaiah and St. John the Baptist: "Prepare the way of the Lord!" We all need to do this - literally - by making space in our hearts, homes, families, and our world for the Lord Jesus Christ. This begins with our repentance. We must first clear out sin and anything contrary to the Gospel in our own hearts, and they we must help others around us do the same. Come, Lord Jesus!
Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, and we join with the prophet Isaiah and people of all time who look to the heavens and cry, "Come, Lord Jesus!" We must prepare our hearts and our world for his coming, and we do that by doing the work he gave us: to teach all nations and to share the Good News.