SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 16, 2012.

Third Sunday of Advent, December 16th, 2012. Soul Food for Young Adults.

LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK, two young adults:

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Advent. Adventure! Adventurous! Go for it! Go for the adventure of  following the

Where Jesus is Lord, everybody is somebody, and faith is an ADVENTure!

Master, wherever he leads you. Hang on for the journey of your life! Welcoming the Master, who was born in a tiny stable in Palestine, and now fills the world with his presence… that’s the ADVENTure! And today’s Gospel (St. Luke 3:10-18) is about that wonder-full promise by John the Baptiser, ‘He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire‘- nothing cool about that, nothing luke-warm,- following Jesus of Nazareth is hot stiff! And when you do, you will be steeped in the very Spirit of Jesus that filled his heart and set him ‘on fire’ with love for every human being.

The Master is coming!

The readings offered us today are full of joy, rejoicing, dancing, and full of expectation,- He’s coming! He’s coming! ‘What must we do?‘ (3 times!)

There’s a beautiful hymn,  fairly recent, and it picks up on today’s first reading from someone we rarely hear of,- a prophet called Zephaniah, some several hundred years before Jesus. He is telling us to ‘shout for joy, shout aloud, rejoice, exult with all your heart…the Lord is in your midst, have no fear, do not let your hands fall limp…He will exult with joy over you, he will renew you by his love, he will dance with shouts of joy for you...‘ Wow.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Paul tells his new disciples in Philippi ‘I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord’ Another translation is: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice!’ And that’s why the Church calls this third Sunday of Advent ‘Rejoice Sunday’ or in Latin, ‘Gaudete Sunday’,- and instead of the dark purple candle on the Advent Wreathe, we have a light, rose-coloured candle, for this Rejoice Sunday.

Can I give you the words of that hymn, about your heavenly Father dancing with joy over you! Think about it. Your heavenly Father is crazy with love for you, and his feet are jumping up and down with delight. Enjoy the words, and then enjoy the love it sings about. You might find it on You Tube, and sing along with it.

God bless. Nine days to go! Nine days to prepare a home for Jesus, your own flesh and blood.

Seamus.

Comments to: seamus.devitt@redemptorists.ie

And the Father will dance over you in joy!

He will take delight in whom He loves.

Is that a choir I hear, singing the praises of God?

No, the Lord God Himself is exulting o’er you in song!

And He will joy over you in song;

And He will joy over you in song.

 

My soul will make its boast in God,

For He has answered all my cries,

His faithfulness in me

is as sure as the dawn

of a new day.

 

Awake my soul!

Awake, my soul, and sing!

Let my spirit rejoice,

Let my spirit rejoice,

Let my spirit rejoice in God!

 

Sing, O daugther of Zion, with all of your heart!

Cast away fear for you have been restored!

Put on the garment of praise

as on a festival day.

Join with the Father in glorious, jubilant song!

 

And He will joy over you in song;

And He will joy over you in song.

And the Father will dance over you in joy!

He will take delight in whom He loves.

Is that a choir I hear, singing the praises of God?

No, the Lord God Himself is exulting o’er you in song!

 

God rejoices over you,

God rejoices over you,

God rejoices over you in song!

 

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