Welcome and Theme
Gaudete Sunday, Rejoice and Be Glad! Season of Joy- we hear this so often but what is joy? It is generally associated with children who wait in anticipation for Santa's visit. They are thrilled with the notion that Santa will visit every house on Christmas Eve and they so want to be on the "nice"list. Can we remember that feeling of sheer happiness, innocence and bliss? Are we still able to experience and share that joy? is it still contagious? Our ability and indeed our willingness to once again become that innocent child demonstrates our inner strength. This kind of joy is deeply rooted in faith, hope and love. This joy becomes a virtue one to be shared, practiced and emulated.
Receiving the stole
We, your community, bless you and thank you for leading us in liturgy today.
Opening Song: Spirit of the Living God
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
who comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
and who comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
"Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?"
Jesus said to them in reply,
"Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."
As they were going off,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
"What did you go out to the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see?
Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written:
Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."
Kathie Ryan's Homily Starter for Gaudete Sunday
Communion Song: Christ Be Our Light by Bernadette Farrell