Our Gospel for this third Sunday of Advent is of extraordinary importance, for it speaks to us of the transformation, the transfiguration of the self, which is unique to Christianity. To be baptized in the Holy Spirit is to be immersed in the ocean of the divine love. When we are dipped into this reality, we become capable of something that neither Aristotle nor Plato nor the Founding Fathers nor the prophets themselves dreamed possible: we can love with the very love of God.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm – Isaiah 12:2-6
Reading 2 – Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel – Luke 3:10-18