Dec. 11, 2016 - 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Are there times when our faith is weak or shaken, our hope is dead or dying, our love is twisted or withheld?
Are there times when we feel like the zombie apocalypse is upon us?
Are there times when we feel like the violence that has become so pervasive in our world is beginning to overshadow the good filling us with gloom and despair?
The readings this weekend call us to be positive, to have hope, to look to God to bring joy and happiness into our lives.
God brings that joy and happiness into our lives by creating. And God’s marvelous works of creation are accomplished through Jesus.
It is Jesus who fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that we heard in the first reading.
Jesus makes the lame walk. When we are lame, the Lord Jesus strengthens our feeble hands and our weak knees so that we can get up and begin again.
Jesus cleanses the lepers. When we are sickly, the Lord heals us so that we can be healthy and whole.
Jesus makes the deaf hear. When we are deaf, the Lord Jesus opens our ears so that we can hear the voice of John the Baptist calling us to prepare the way.
Jesus makes the blind see. When we are blind, the Lord Jesus opens our eyes so that we can see the glory of God all around us.
Jesus makes the mute sing. When we are left speechless, the Lord Jesus opens our mouths so that we can sing God’s praises.
Jesus raises the dead. When we are dead in spirit, the Lord Jesus sends the Holy Spirit upon us to revitalize us.
Jesus says to those whose hearts are frightened, “Be strong. Fear not. I am God.”
Jesus brings joy and gladness. Jesus makes our hearts firm so that we can cry out in the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “Here is your God.”
The Prophet Isaiah says that those whom the Lord has ransomed will enter Zion, the holy city, the heavenly Jerusalem. They will be crowned with everlasting joy.
We don’t want the zombie apocalypse. We don’t want to live lives filled with gloom and despair.
We want the sickness, the sorrow, the disease, the depression, the despair to flee. We want to rejoice and sing and dance and shout for joy.