All the passages for the third Sunday of Advent centre on recognizing who God is, the coming of Christ and who is, and what they mean for humanity.
The passage from Isaiah 35 celebrates the coming of “glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God” saying,
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool .” (verses 5 to 7)
Psalm 146 talks about the happiness that come from the Lord, and echoes the sentiments found in Isaiah 35. And Luke 1, Mary’s Song, is a praise and adoration passage to God and Christ. James 5 encourages patience for the coming of the Lord and uses the metaphor of the farmer waiting for the harvest which needs the early and late rains. And lastly, but certainly not least, we have the passage from Matthew 11 where John the Baptist is languishing in Herod’s prison and inquires of Jesus as to whether he is the one they have been waiting for. Jesus answers him by referring to the passages from Psalms and Isaiah.
The passage from Revelation, which is the “Sip of Scripture” for this day, works will with this theme, placing the Lord and Christ who we celebrate this season, in heaven where they are completing the work that was started with the birth of Jesus.
May this third Sunday of Advent find you anticipating the arrival of baby Jesus, and looking towards the coming fulfillment of God’s work in the world. Selah!