The Third Sunday of Advent is ahead this weekend, so it's time to Rejoice: Advent is half over and Christmas is on the horizon! (If you have an Advent Wreath, this coming Sunday is the time to light the rose candle.)
As is the case every year, John the Baptist cries out in Advent's third Sunday Gospel. Isaiah calls us to rejoice, even to rejoice heartily! And St. Paul calls us to rejoice always, to pray without ceasing and, inall circumstances, to be grateful. Now that's a tall order...
Advent is a time to prepare and the best way to prepare for Sunday worship is to spend some time with the Scriptures we'll hear proclaimed that day, that we might better understand, appreciate and take in the nourishment God's Word has to offer us.
So, what are you waiting for?