The emphasis on the third week of Advent is on ‘Joy.” The rose candle is lit, and the vestments are rose colored. Father Ray emphasizes the call for Christians is to be joyful. St. Paul, in today’s epistle said, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice.” Paul was actually in prison when he said this. St. John the Baptist proclaimed that we at to prepare the way of the Lord. When asked how, he gave three tasks:
1. Share (your clothes and food with those who have none.)
2. Be Fair! (don’t extort anyone.)
3. Be content. (Try to live in gratitude)
We are called to repent (change our lives for the better) and be prayerful. Practice random acts of kindness, and finally, as Mother Teresa has said, “Do small things with great love!