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Liturgical day: Sunday 3th (C) ofAdvent

Gospel text (Lc 3,10-18): (…) The people were wondering about John's identity, «Could he be the Messiah?». Then John answered them, «I baptize you with water, but the one who is coming will do much more: he will baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire. As for me, I am not worthy to untie his sandal. He comes with a winnowing fan to clear his threshing floor and gather the grain into his barn. But the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out». With these and many other words John announced the Good News to the people.

John was to be the very last testimony before Jesus' arrival

+ Cardinal Jorge MEJÍA Archivist and Librarian of Holy Roman Church
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the liturgy of this Sunday, known as "Gaudete" Sunday, is a special invitation to us to joyfulness, to a vigilance that is not sad but happy. "Gaudete in Domino simper", St Paul wrote: "Rejoice in the Lord always" (Phil 4:4).

Today, furthermore, God's word introduces us to Jesus Christ's precursor: Saint John the Baptist. God the Father is preparing the arrival, that is, the Advent, of His Son, born of the Virgin Mary, in many different ways, as the beginning of the Letter to the Hebrews (1.1), says: Patriarchs, Prophets and Kings prepared Jesus' arrival… But Saint John the Baptist, as can be seen in his liturgy, would be the one to point him out to the world, and the privilege of Baptizing our Lord went —mysteriously!— to him. His was to be the very last testimony before Jesus' arrival. And he gave it with his life, with his death and with his word.

—Let us listen today to his word, exhorting us to share what we have and to respect the justice and dignity everybody deserves.