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3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), Year C

12 December 2021

First reading

Zephaniah 3:14–18
The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst.

Responsorial psalm

Isaiah 12
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

Second reading

Philippians 4:4–7
The Lord is very near.

Gospel acclamation

Isaiah 61:1 (Luke 4:18)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he sent me to bring Good News to the poor.


Luke 3:10–18
‘Someone is coming who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’

Images from the Word

  • Must share
  • Came for baptism
  • Feeling of expectancy
  • He will dance
  • Your happiness

Liturgical notes

The unique nature of the homily is captured well in St. Luke’s account of Christ’s preaching in the synagogue of Nazareth (cf. Lk 4:16–30). After reading a passage from the Prophet Isaiah he handed the scroll back to the attendant and began, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

Homiletic Directory, §4

The homily does not stand alone as instruction, but as a very act of worship. We are called by the homily to recognise the presence of the Christ in our midst and to respond to him by our faith. The Word proclaimed awaits our faith-filled response so that he may bring new life to our world. Our homilist calls us to link the Word proclaimed with our life so that we may give Christ the opportunity to continue working in our world today.

‘Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.’

—communion antiphon
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