Third Sunday of Advent - Year B


Paul teaches that active happiness should be the most distinctive characteristic of a Christian. We have absolutely no reason for despair. We know that whatever happens to us, our biography will have a happy ending. We will share God's joy forever. People should be able to ask us, "Why are you always so upbeat?" Faith gives us the right answer.

I am not worthy to untie his sandal strap


Do not quench the Spirit

Pray without ceasing



John the Baptist makes both an act of humility and of hope for a coming superior. Sandals were the most common and least valuable possessions. They were thongs made of animal skin or plant fiber. They consisted in a flat sole tied to foot with straps.
It was the duty of a slave to tie these straps for a superior. John pictures the "one who is to come'' as so great that the Baptist is unfit to be even his slave.

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