A MAP OF A MAN
John the Baptist shows up yet again on this third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete Sunday.” The term is derived from the Latin opening words of the introit antiphon, “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).
The theme of the day expresses the joy of anticipation at the approach of the Christmas celebration. This theme reflects a lightening of the tone of the traditional Advent observance. Liturgically, many wear rose-colored vestments on this third Sunday, instead of the deeper violet vestments that are typically used in Advent.
My intent here is to simply share two snippets from storyteller and theologian John Shea, referencing John the Baptist, as the one pointing to the “joy” that is to come.
Take some time to quiet down and be still. Read the short quotation above …. let it sink in … chew on it and ponder. Is there any one verse in particular that catches your attention? Why?
Shea, Starlight: Beholding the Christmas Miracle All Year Long (New York:
Crossroad, 1993), 174–83.