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“Our joy is founded on this God of Love, whose presence we discern and welcome in our lives”

Readings: 3rd Sunday of Advent: So3, 14-18A/ph4, 4-7/Lc3 ,10-18

“What should we do?” (Luke 3:10 -18)

Be in joy! Be always in joy, the Lord is near!

Be in joy! This is the leitmotif of the liturgy of this day, Sunday of Joy. But is this joy of God invading our own hearts possible? Is it realistic when we are crushed with worries and trials? How can we be in joy today and announce a promise of joy, when violence, pollution, injustices, concerns, motives for concern, desolation and misfortune undermine the lives of many and occupy the forefront of our social, economic and political context?

But if we follow the liturgy of this advent time, it is the coming of Christ that takes the place. In today's Gospel the prophet John the Baptist does not chew his words to invite his contemporaries to leave the beaten path and open their hearts to the novelty that Jesus represents.

John the Baptist is the model of the Christian. He refuses to close himself, he opens himself to God's project in his life and in the world, and thus opens himself to joy.

Every disciple of Jesus experiences real joy because every deep joy is nourished by openness and gift rather than by narrowing and selfishness. People closed on themselves are not happy. Happiness is in openness to the gift of God and in the gift of self to others.

For each and every one of us happiness and joy will be found in the path that the Lord tells us in events and in our prayer and which is ours.

The path that we live in our occupations and commitments, as well as in our work, has a profound meaning if we allow it to be enlightened with faith in the Word of God, in the Good News proclaimed by Jesus, which is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Our path then merges with the paths of Christ and His coming. He's a joy. Recognizing Jesus as the Lord of our lives, unparalleled happiness and joy invade us.

Of course trials, fights, difficulties do not disappear, but our life makes sense from there. We are not like aimless and drifting people, but we are on the march waiting for the full revelation of Christ who is already there among us.

That is why we can rejoice right now in a world that is upset and bruised by so many misfortunes of all kinds, such as the current tragedy of refugees, terrorism, the forgotten poor, the exploited children, etc. Yes! We can rejoice and let our hearts dress with joy. As the opening antienne of this Sunday says: “Be always in joy, the Lord is near.”

Christian joy is a fruit of the Spirit which is accompanied by many other fruits of love, patience, kindness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In particular, the peace of God, which, as Saint Paul says in the second reading, goes beyond anything we can conceive. This joy is not superficial, anecdotal or temporary. It is rooted, as Paul says, in the certainty of God's presence in the depths of our human reality. Our joy is founded on this God of Love, whose presence we discern and welcome in our lives. It is He who motivates our thanksgiving, and gives us joy.

If, like the listeners of John the Baptist, we ask ourselves “What should we do?” , What should I do to respond to what God expects of me? What should I do in my choice to follow Christ? We have heard that John the Baptist responds to everyone according to the reality of his life; he has no evasive answer because he is too general: he knows what an unscrupulous soldier or a corrupt tax collector is worth John the Baptist's advice was perfectly targeted for those who asked the question “What should we do?” ”. Let us be sure that those of the Holy Spirit within us are just as well. It is up to us to listen, an authentic listening, a listening that liberates and fills with joy. We can go to the bottom of our hearts to find answers that the Holy Spirit places in them. Christmas coming gives us many opportunities to get out of ourselves, to open ourselves to sharing, to listen to one's spouse, spouse, children, those in need, those we meet, etc.

. Let us not forget that in the answer of John the Baptist, the answer to God's desire always depends on our attitude towards our neighbour: to share what we have, to refuse violence, to respect what is right. It is in our actions that we will recognize our closeness to the God of Jesus Christ.

May this Eucharist make us enter more and more into a path that opens on the Good News that Jesus brings, that of a merciful God; then we will be able to rejoice and sing with the prophet Zephaniah today: “Fear not, do not let your hands fade. The Lord your God is in you, he is the Hero who brings salvation. He will have in you his joy and joy, and he will renew you with his love.”

Homily Francis Corbière

Organ: At the Great Organ, Guy Didier

-Entry: “Fugue en D” (F. Mendelssohn)

-Offertory: “Lamento” (A. Guilmant)

-Communion: “Fugue in D” (A.F. Hesse)

-Output: “Fugue en Sol” (F.W. Zachov).

On wikipedia:

Felix Mendelssohn

Alexander Guilmant

Adolph Hesse

Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow

Also read: The other homilies of Father Francis Corbière

Also read the parish sheet

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