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3rd Sunday of Advent C

posted 12 Dec 2015, 14:20 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 2 Jan 2016, 12:48 by Jerry Laidler ]

 3rd Sunday of Advent C


H.B. .&Hw.

"What must we do?" (Luke. 3.10) We only know what we must do if we know who we are. Our innermost sense of self, our innermost sense of who we are is inseparable from stillness. This is the "I am" that is deeper than our name.

This is the "I am" that is deeper than our form, male-female, fat-thin, old-young, rich-poor, black-white, whatever. And we can all say, "I am who I am."

Now where have we heard that before? The divine name is revealed to Moses in the same terms".. . God said to Moses, 'I Am who I Am'." ('Exodus:. 3.14). "The Lord", as St. Paul says to the Philippians, "is very near." This is not a question of proximity. It is all to do with relationship and identity. It is all to do with who God is and who we. are.

Zephaniah expresses it in terms of location. "The 'Lord your God is in your midst." This is not divinity present somewhere in the crowd; this is God through us,, with us and in us. Or maybe we should reverse the expression to: this is us through, with and in God. This is who we really are.

This is our true self. A far cry from our false self, the egoist self that searches for security, for power or control and for esteem and approval. That in turn determines most of our desires and actions, our ideas and emotions. Enslaved to the false self and most of us are, we are invited to be our true selves, to share Our all with all, to be honest and just in all our dealings, "No intimidation! No extortion!" (Luke: 3.12).

We are invited to acceptance and surrender, to contentment in other words. No more "Why is this happening to me?"

And this is what we must do because we are who we are, persons in relationship with persons, like Father, Son and Spirit. It is called divinity and we are into ever "deeper,

more intimate, more reliable, more appropriate, more delightful relationship" with God and each other.

"The Lord will dance with shouts ofjoy for you as on a day of festival" (Zephaniah: 3.18). So all God wants is a universal party, an infinite 'bash'! No one and no thing excluded. We are Gaudete Sunday people, a people of festival and joy because we know who we are, beneficiaries of the unconditional love of God who is forever giving herself/himself to us completely. 

We live with "A feeling of expectancy" because it can only get better and better as we know better and better, who we really are. So "why not accept the largesse of God? And why not allow Christ to be Christ in us and unfold our lives in union with the ingenuity, intelligence and healing that is the way and purpose of (the) Christ?" (Fr. Thomas Keating) This is profound joy and eternal festival. 

Gaudete! Rejoice!