3rd Sunday of Advent

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Reflection for the 3rd Week of Advent

This week of advent is about joy. Something that can easily be lost or forgotten during the wait in long lines while shopping for the perfect gift, or in the airport while traveling to loved ones. While Advent and Christmas are full of joy, sometimes it becomes easier to grow frustrated as we untangle lights than it is to stop and think of what brings us joy. This week of advent challenges us to see that tangled ball of lights as a source of joy. 

In this week’s Gospel we hear that God is “sending [his] messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.” We also hear some of the miracles that Jesus performed during his ministry- the blind seeing, the lame walking, the lepers cleansed, the deaf hearing, the dead raised, etc. Jesus is reminding us of our reasons for joy. He is reminding us that in the season of Advent, we are preparing our hearts for the greatness that is the Lord. He is reminding us that through Christ nothing is impossible, and that the best is yet to come. 

What a joyous thing! But how can we remember how to feel this joy in our day to day lives? How can we help others to feel it too? We can pray for those who struggle, including ourselves, to be like those Jesus healed, to find joy. We can take that tangled ball of lights, and decorate our tree as a reminder of the light of Christ. We can blast some Bing Crosby, drink some hot chocolate, and continue preparing for the celebration of Christmas. 

~ Maggie Qualter, Resurrection Campus Minister


Third Sunday of Advent - JOY
December 15

Matthew 11:2-11

 When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come or or should we look for another?” 

Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:  The blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed in this one who takes no offense at me.” 

As the were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,  “What did you go out to the desert to see? And reed swayed by the wind? 

Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. 

Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 

This one about to whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.

Amen I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; Yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” 

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