Homily for the 3rd (“Gaudate”) Sunday of Advent, Year B

Rejoice All You Who Are Faithful!

Readings: 1st: Is 61:1-2.10-11: Ps: Lk 1:46-54; 2nd: 2 Th 5, 16-22: Gos: Jn 1:6-8. 19-28

This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canóvanas, and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.


The third Sunday of Advent is a Sunday of joy (Gaudete). Having come thus far in our journey, the Church says to us as the prophet Nehemiah said to the Israelites: “Go and enjoy…Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Neh 8:10). However, after today, we must continue our journey with a new zeal and expectation.

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Finally, brethren, as we rejoice today, let us say a loud amen to the prayer of Paul: “May the God of peace make you perfect and holy, and may you all be kept safe and blameless…for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ…God has called you and he will not fail you.” Indeed, He will not fail us until we have received Christ, the fullness of our joy and salvation.  Indeed, he will not fail us because: “All His promises are yes, and amen (2 Cor 1:20).

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Peace be with You!


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