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17th December 2017 - 3rd Sunday of Advent B

posted 15 Dec 2017, 06:39 by Veronica Yarwood

(after EckhartToll&s 'A New Earth')

Gaudete Sunday meaning Rejoice Sunday is the

traditional title for the 3' Sunday of Advent.

That is nice we think. Christmas is not far off

after all and we are halfway through Advent



But note Isaiah's word, "I exult for joy in the

Lord". Note Isaiah 's word when he says, "My

soul rejoices in my God". We are into

fundamental issues here. We are into life

transforming issues. So, for example,

"Whatever we cannot enjoy doing, we can at

least accept that this is what we have to do.

Acceptance means: for now, this is what this

situation. . . requires me to do, and so I do it



The peace that comes with surrendered action

because that is what we are talking about, turns

 to a sense of aliveness when we actually enjoy

what we are doing. On the new earth, joy will

replace wanting as the motivating power behind

our actions. "Wanting" arises from the ego's

delusion that we are a separate fragment that is

disconnected from the power that lies behind all

creation. Through joy we dock with that

universal power. Through joy we link into that

universal power. That is how important the

message of Gaudete Sunday is.


There is much more to be said but when we

make the present moment, instead of past and

future, the focal point of our life, our ability to

enjoy what we do - and with it the quality of our

life increases dramatically. Joy is the dynamic

aspect of Being. Joy is the dynamic aspect of



Hence the recurring theme of joy in all our

Christianity. It is not just for the 3 r Sunday of

Advent. "Be happy at all times", writes Paul to

the Thessalonians. Recur it must! Joy really is

the dynamic aspect of God. We are not into

some never, never world of empty optimism.


If we believe in God, we believe in joy and that

joy is enfleshed in Jesus who comes more alive

in us in our every breathing moment. As with

God, with whom we live in conscious loving

union through prayer, so we live in joy. And

now perhaps we begin to see the fundamental

life issue raised for us by Isaiah when he says, "I

exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my

God". Is: 61.10. Our God in Jesus is our joy

now and for ever and ever and ever.