PODCAST | Gaudete Sunday

In this meditation for the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Fr Javier del Castillo reflects on the profound meaning of this passage from St Paul – “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

“We ought to rejoice. This is something really important, absolutely necessary, to rejoice in the Lord always because the Lord is near.”

“This presence of the Lord is the cause of our joy because it makes us joyful and makes us happy… not only when things are going well… always, no matter what… and then we can radiate our cheerfulness to others… doesn’t matter what’s happening on the outside… what matters is that we be close to our Lord. And only insofar as we let our Lord be close to us can we be truly joyful, cheerful, and can we radiate cheerfulness to others.”

To have this joy and cheerfulness starting this Advent and Christmas we can follow three steps:

1. Prayer
2. Forgiveness
3. Service (Jesus, others and then yourself)

Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for us!

Rev. Javier del Castillo Rev. Javier del Castillo

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in New York and is President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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