Cycle B

Good News B3

Third Sunday of Advent 

 

John 1:6-8,19-28 New American Bible

John 1:6-8,19-28 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“I am the ‘voice of one crying out in the desert.’ ”

 

Today is the Third Week in Advent. If you have an Advent Wreath, light three candles. This is called Gaudete Sunday: Sunday full of great joy because the day of our Savior’s birth is very close.

          

While John the Baptist was baptizing people in the Jordan River, the priests and Levites asked him, “Who are you?” He told them that he was not their savior, nor a prophet. He said that he was the voice in the desert crying out: “Make way for the coming of the Lord.”

The Pharisees asked, “Why are you baptizing if you are not the Christ.” John told them, “I only baptize with water. The Christ is living among you. He is the Savior. He will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”

There is little time remaining until December 25th when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Jesus was born so that he could die on the cross to make all of us worthy of entering the kingdom of heaven. The day of his birth is a blessed event. On his birthday remember how much God, your heavenly father loves you. He sent his only begotten son to earth. He became man and died on the cross to save you from your sins.

Jesus is reborn every day that you claim him as your loving God. Keep him alive in your heart by praying to God often. Talk to him in the morning when you first look into the mirror. He is standing behind you every hour of the day. Keep Jesus alive with your good works. When you help clean up your house or help your brother with his homework, you are keeping Jesus alive in spirit. Sit still in a corner and be thankful for all the blessings you have received. Think of the ways you can help your family and neighborhood.

Every time you forgive yourself and others, the spirit of Jesus is born again inside you. When you keep God alive within you, you will be ready when God calls you at the hour of your death. He will take you through the pearly gates of heaven with him.

  Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you keep him alive within your heart and soul.

 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

 

 

Copyright © 2002-2004 Joan Y. Edwards. http://www.joanyedwards.com/ All rights reserved.