West District Advent Penitential Services at 8pm9 Dec, 8.00pm,
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"Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"Matthew 11:1-11
The 3rd Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudate Sunday. The word 'Gaudate' in Latin means 'Rejoice'. The Church rejoices as the birth of Christ draws near.
In the Gospel for this week, John sends his disciples to question Jesus, "Are you the Promised One of God? Are you the Messiah - the Anointed One?" Jesus did not give them a direct answer but instead answered with the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have the Good News proclaimed to them."
John and his disciples were expecting a King and Jesus did not meet their criteria. It seems that prophets can sometimes even misunderstand God's intentions. The challenge for us today is to open ourselves to the different workings of God. However, it is not easy because some of us do not have a personal relationship with God. While we may have the modal answer: God does it this way because he knows it's the best for us, but do we really believe it in our hearts?
Pray today for a conversion of heart towards God. We cannot attempt to understand his work but we can choose to receive it in faith and truly believe that our best interests is what he's always looking out for.