Sunday Devotional: Rejoice in the Lord always

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Luke 3:15-17

Now the people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor
and to gather the wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Today is the third Sunday of Advent — a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. The Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. Thus, for Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives — the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Philippians 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

To rejoice is to gladden; be delighted; and to fill with joy.

Joy is more than happiness. Joy isn’t just a smile or a laugh. It is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart — a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. Joy is something that is deep within and doesn’t leave quickly. Joy comes from God. When we have the joy of the Lord, we’ll know it and so will others.

So on this third Sunday of Advent, despite all the evils that surround us, be joyful.

Have no anxiety at all,
but in everything,
by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.

Rejoice in the Lord always!

Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

May the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,


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5 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Rejoice in the Lord always

  1. “Amen”

  2. And with Your Spirit. Tomorrow I start a novena to the Divine Child Jesus. I dedicate this novena to ALL in FOTM and specially to Brian and Regina Hines, Maryaha, Auntie Lulu, hoping their health is restored.

  3. I find that this message was so needed by me this day. A girlfriend, one who I had been fast friends with since 1960 died in late September. Finally her daughter got ahold of me, when I asked what caused her death . . . I was so disheartened to learn that the man who she lived with (I never like him, he reminded me of Charles Manson) had denied her her morphine tablets for five days as he left her abandoned in a new house they had just moved to. For some reason, he took her morphine with him. When he returned he gave her the normal amount–the next morning she was dead. Ha did not call the police, he left there and returned to where her son lived and they called to have a neighbor “look in on her.” Within one day, the son faxed permission to the authorities to cremate her body. I am sure that the guy she lived with was more than pleased to have the evidence out of the way. As I have greaved over the circumstances, it came to my mind that for her the Lord was merciful, and took her out of these horrible circumstances. I came to feel joyful in trusting in the Lord over this occurrence–the anxiety lifted and I was left at peace.

    This wonderful lesson brought this to my mind. I am so grateful for Dr Eowyn for her continued ministering to us, the FOTM family. God Bless you.

    • I’m so sorry about your friend, Auntie Lulu.

    • So very sorry to hear of your loss, Lulu. A lady at Mass today gave me a beautiful card thanking me for being there when her husband died a few months ago. They have five kids and she is pregnant with their last one.

      He went to work and twenty minutes later he dropped dead of a heart attack. He was in his middle forties. It was a real shock for all concerned.

      Today the homily was about “no room at the inn” and how God comes when we most need Him. Whatever pain and sorrow your friend was experiencing is now behind her. I think that’s how it often works. When we are most abandoned, God comes to take us home.


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