Our second reading today is taken from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians—and it always takes my breath away. He says, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks.” For Paul, the coming of Jesus changed everything. His dying and rising turned everything upside down, so that the usual ways of thinking and acting are not longer valid. Grace has transfigured nature—and the three recommendations he gives are signs of this transfiguration.
Bishop Barron Homily for December 17, 2017
Third Sunday of Advent
Reading 1 - Isaiah 61:1-11
Psalm - Luke 1:46-54
Reading 2 - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel - John 1:6-28