Sunday, December 13, 2009: (3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday)

Jesus said: “My people, today’s theme is joy in the Spirit, and it is personified in St. John the Baptist as he rejoices in his mission of bringing Baptism to those who want to repent of their sins. This release of the captives of sin is truly a reason for rejoicing. St. John is the herald in the desert preparing the way for My coming. This joy in your heart and soul, when you are set free of your sins, is reason for all of heaven to rejoice as well. You were lost, but now you are found in My grace, when you come to Confession and Baptism. Encourage your friends and relatives to repent and be saved as well. This is the reason for your evangelization efforts to set souls free of their bondage of sin. Keep close to Me in your daily prayer and frequent Confession.”