It is the third Sunday of Advent and Christmas keeps getting closer. In the Catholic Church, the third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday.
The word Gaudete is Latin for rejoice. It sets a tone of joyful expectation for the Lord's birth.
By following the message of love that Jesus gave us, we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Jesus also taught us humility, to love our neighbor as ourself. By living as Jesus taught us, we make Jesus visible and will have a true celebration of Christmas.
May I be no one's enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.
May I love, seek and attain only that which is good.
May I wish for all people's happiness and envy none.
May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.
May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent.
May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and to all who are in want.
May I be able, by gentle and healing words, to soften the pain of those in grief.
May I respect myself. May I always tame that which rages within me.
May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things they have done, but know good people and follow in their footsteps.
Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 263-339)
Sincerely in Christ,