The Third Sunday of Advent: Peace
Why does the priest wear rose vestments and light the rose candle this Sunday? The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, the Latin word ‘Gaudete’ means ‘Rejoice’, and rose is the colour of joy. We celebrate, this Sunday, joy and gladness in the promised Redemption through the Lord’s coming.
“Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near.” – Philippians 4:4-5
The Joy of Being Like Others
At first sight, joy seems to be connected with being different. When you receive a compliment or win an award, you experience the joy of not being the same as others. You are faster, smarter, more beautiful, and it is that difference that brings you joy. But such joy is very temporary. True joy is hidden where we are the same as other people: fragile and mortal. It is the joy of belonging to the human race. It is the joy of being with others as a friend, a companion, a fellow traveler.
This is the joy of Jesus, who is Emmanuel: God-with-us.
– Fr Henri Nouwen