Friends, today we come to the third Sunday of Advent, and the great image from Isaiah is that of the blooming desert. Many of us pass through desert times, dry periods of trial and training. But perhaps the Lord has drawn us into desert to awaken a deeper sense of dependence upon him. We must be patient; and in this season of waiting, we look toward Christmas—the great blooming in the desert.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Is 35:1-6a, 10
Psalm – Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10.
Reading 2 – Jas 5:7-10
Gospel – Mt 11:2-11