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The 3rd Sunday of Advent B
December 14, 2014

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.

Gaudete: Rejoice

We are impoverished, not only in the matters of our unfulfilled desires, material or otherwise, but in the more secret matters of our personal vulnerability, our inability to save and heal ourselves, our utter incapacity to manage our way through life and love.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

A Different Kind of Priest

In cultures guided by honor, persons are expected to behave according to their inherited status. The Baptizer’s status or acquired honor derived from the fact that his father, Zechariah, was a devout rural priest. But the Baptizer is not behaving like a priest.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Scotus Erigena

The evangelist’s intention was to differentiate between the fleeting voice and the eternally unchanging Word. The one, he would suggest, was the morning star appearing at the dawning of the kingdom of heaven, while the other was the Sun of Justice coming in its wake.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The Second Coming is replaced after the first Sunday of Advent by that of the First Coming, but there are occasional echoes of the earlier theme on later Sundays. Such is the genius of Advent. It refuses to contemplate the First Coming apart from the Second, or the Second apart from the First.