13 December 2020

Third Sunday of Advent

Today  the Church celebrates the Third Sunday of Advent. The assigned readings are Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; and John 1:6-8, 19-28. The Responsorial Psalm is from Luke 1 (Luke 1:46-50, 53-54).

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: My Soul Rejoices in my God. (3rd Sunday of Advent -Dec 13, 2020)

The Gospel reading is as follows:

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  He was not the light,but came to testify to the light.

And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, "Who are you?" He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Christ."

So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not."

"Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."

So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?"

He said: "I am 'the voice of one crying out in the desert, "make straight the way of the Lord,"' as Isaiah the prophet said."

Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?"

John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."

This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sunday Reflections: Third Sunday of Advent December 13, 2020

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Third Sunday of Advent (December 13, 2020)

Crossroads Initiative : Gaudete Sunday - Advent Joy & John the Baptist

St. Paul Center: One Who is Coming: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent

Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality: Third Sunday of Advent

The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College: This Sunday, the Humble Rejoice; the Proud Complain (10 DEC 20) 

Word on Fire: A Year of Favor from the Lord (Cycle B * Advent * Week 1)

National Catholic Register: Sunday Guide: Advent Reminds Us to 'Rejoice Always' (11 DEC 20) 

Spirituality of the Readings: Holy Darkness (Third Sunday In Advent B) 

In Exile: Fear Not, You Are Inadequate (Third Sunday In Advent B) 

Glancing Thoughts: 
Joy in the Lord (Third Sunday In Advent B)

The Perspective of Justice: Rejoice in the Lord, Always! (Third Sunday In Advent B) 

Let the Scriptures Speak: The Discipline of Joy (Third Sunday In Advent B) 

The Word Encountered: Gaudete: Rejoice (Third Sunday In Advent B) 

Historical Cultural Context: A Different Kind of Priest (Third Sunday In Advent B) 

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by John Scotus Erigena (Third Sunday In Advent B)

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