Third Sunday of Advent

13th December 2020

First Reading
Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11
The Lord’s salvation will be made known to the poor and the oppressed.

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:46-50,53-54
Mary sings praise to God.

Second Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to rejoice and pray always.

Gospel Reading
John 1:6-8,19-28
John gives testimony that he is preaching and baptizing in order to prepare for the coming of another.

Background on the Gospel Reading

This Sunday’s Gospel invites us to continue our reflection on the person and mission of John the Baptist. Today we depart from the Gospel of Mark and read a selection from the Gospel of John.

The Gospel for today combines a brief passage from the prologue to John’s Gospel with a report about John the Baptist. As in Mark’s Gospel, the Gospel of John contains no birth narrative. Instead, John’s Gospel begins with a theological reflection that has come to be called the “prologue.” This prologue places the story of Jesus in its cosmological framework. It speaks of Jesus’ existence with God since the beginning of time. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of the Old Testament and the culmination of the Word, the light that is coming into the world’s darkness.

Following this prologue, John reports on the ministry of John the Baptist. We learn about the attention that John the Baptist received from the Jewish authorities. Messengers from the Jewish priests, the Levites and the Pharisees question John about his identity and the meaning of the baptisms that he is performing. John’s Gospel uses these questions to establish the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. John the Baptist is not the Messiah, nor is he Elijah or the Prophet. In John’s denials, we hear echoes of the kind of messianic expectations that were common in first-century Palestine.

The only affirmative response that John the Baptist gives is when he quotes the prophet Isaiah. Upon answering the next question, John announces that the savior they seek is already among them, but as yet unrecognized. John’s response highlights for us an important Advent theme: Jesus has already come into the world as our savior. During Advent, we pray that we will be able to recognize Jesus’ presence in our midst. Advent also reminds us that Jesus will come again to fulfill the promise of salvation. We pray that we will continue to be watchful as we anticipate that great day.

The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete SundayGaudete, a Latin word which means “rejoice,” is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday’s Mass. This theme is echoed in today’s second reading from the first Letter to the Thessalonians. It is a reminder that Advent is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.

More News and Information

Children begin their First Holy Communion preparation

The parish welcomed the children who are to begin preparation to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, or First Holy Communion, to their enrolment ceremony during Mass on Sunday the 17th of October.

Start of the First Holy Communion preparation programme this week

This weekend marks the start of the First Holy Communion preparation course. We are pleased to be supporting 32 children and their families as they prepare to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist in June Next Year. The programme begins with an enrolment ceremony...

Feast day of our patron

Friday the 1st of October marks the Feast Day of our Patron, St Therese of Lisieux. The children of our primary school will be participating in the Mass and the Mass will be live-streamed on our Facebook and Youtube Channels. https://youtu.be/QFX2ccOq-c8

Mass time change this week

Please note that Mass on Thursday this week is at the earlier time of 9 am. Canon Alan is attending a meeting in York.

We are back

Please remember after a weekend of no Mass, either in person or by live stream we are now back to normal starting with Mass at 5.30pm this evening.!

Support the CAFOD Emergency Response Team

CAFOD continue to work with populations and agencies to help support those people who are suffering hardship around the world. Most of us will be aware of the recent events in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti which is already struggling from the effects of...

No weekday morning Mass this week

Please note, there will be no weekday morning Mass this week, in person or online. Weekend Mass is on an usual.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2021

The inaugural World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 25 July 2021. Pope Francis has given it the theme “I am with you always” from the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 28: 30). https://youtu.be/asLR_IKmhuI You can read the full message from the Holy Father...

Diocese seeks new Director of Music

The Diocese of Middlesbrough is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and appropriately qualified Director of Music to lead the development of music within the diocese. The Director of Music, working closely with the Dean, is responsible for the day-to-day provision of...

Updated Guidance for managing COVID risk

The Bishop has released further guidance for parishes in managing the risk of COVID during Mass. Although we are due to reach 'Freedom Day' soon when the final restrictions have been lifted, we are asked to relax our processes slowly in keeping with the high incidence...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This