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Third Sunday of Advent A
December 15, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.


We humans will always be in Advent. At the core of our being is an endless waiting. “Come, Lord Jesus” is a song not only for December. It is a refrain for our entire lives, all our days.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus and John

Professional healers in Jesus’ time preferred to talk about illnesses rather than heal them. Among the peasants, however, folk healers willing to use their hands and risk failure were very common. Jesus was one of these.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Thomas of Villanova

John knew that his own death was imminent and, like the good leader and teacher he was, he made provision for his disciples, to ensure that they would have a teacher and protector. He wanted to see them safe under Christ’s wing and in his care.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Sad to say, Fr. Larry Gillick has stopped writing reflections for Sundays as of the First Sunday of Advent. We will miss him a lot, but will have new material in this spot soon. Thanks to Fr. Larry for his inspiring analyses of the readings!

Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Even when we concentrate on the first coming, we must not lose sight of the second. Even as we rejoice with exuberant joy at the first coming, we must also listen to the warning of the impending judgment and to the challenge to be patient.