Third Sunday of Advent

First Scripture Reading
Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 10-11
Second Scripture Reading
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24
Gospel Reading
John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Opening Prayer

You are coming closer, yet we seem lost in Christmas shopping and cards. Reveal Yourself amidst the festivities and decorations of this season. Isn’t this the Isaiah reading Jesus did in the Nazareth synagogue, which got them upset, because they wanted someone more? Jesus, we need you to come with glad tidings, healing, uplifting and freedom. You are the light penetrating us and our human experience, making everything holy and clothed in brilliance. You are blossoming in our midst and shining among us, even if we are lost in darkness, wondering just where you are and how you fit into this all. Baptize us again in Your Spirit so that we are never again confused about who you are and where you are in our lives. In this covenant betrothal, I’m sorry that I miss you, my bride and bridegroom. Keep me focused. Give me the humility of John to know that You are the important One – you are God’s anointed, and I only share in your glory, despite how messianic I feel!

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