3rd Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete” Sunday Homily

“From time to time, we may find ourselves alone, even isolated, perhaps cooped up at home or hospitalized. When we are alone and isolated for long periods, so many thoughts and emotions crowd in upon our minds and hearts. Questions come into our minds, questions we normally block out when we are otherwise occupied or distracted. And after we’ve been alone for a while, don’t we looking for reassurance when someone we love and trust comes to visit? We want to know how our loved ones are doing and all the latest news. And if there’s something we worried about – well, we want to know about that too.

Perhaps this common experience helps us understand the surprising question which the imprisoned John the Baptist asked of Jesus: ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’ That question is surprising because, only a short time before, John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah, had recognized Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Now he asks, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect another?’ Crouched in his dark prison cell, isolated and alone with his thoughts, John the Baptist perhaps began to wonder about Jesus. Was Jesus the sort of Messiah that the people of Israel had been waiting for? Was Jesus really the Savior who would deliver his people from oppression?”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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