THE JOY OF THE LORD

HOMILY OF THE 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B

Isaiah 61:1-2a.10-11, 1Thes 5:16-24, John 1:6-8.19-28

Today is Gaudette Sunday, when the church of Christ bid us, rejoice. We are called to rejoice because of the near approach of the Saviour.

Moreover when we have Jesus, we have everything. His coming into the world announces joy, for he comes to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” Isaiah 61:1-2

Paul puts it more succinctly in the second reading, ” Rejoice always,pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thes 5:16-18.

A true Christian is judged by the amount of joy he or she radiates. It prevents us from doing the will of God, that which blocks our joy. There is nothing like a sad Christian.

More so, a joyful person is contented with his God-given role. He is humble. She does not seek marvels beyond her. He does not claim position that is not his.

We can borrow a leave from John the baptist, he deprived himself many of the things that people seek after, as basis of their joy. He finds his joy in being a simple herald of Jesus. He arrogates no power to himself or take pride in being call the Messiah. He simply said, “I am not the Christ…….I am the voice of the one crying in the wilderness, Makes straight the way of the Lord.” John 6: 21-23.

Let us discern the will of God in our lives. Let us search for that role in which we can find our ultimate joy. Let us push aside all worries and concerns that can kill our joy.

May the joy of the Lord always remains our strength. Amen.

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