Third Sunday of Advent – 2023

Written on: December 13, 2023

Gaudete Sunday: Rose-Colored Vestments

By Sister Dolores Beatty, GNSH

First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

A printable version of the reflection is here: GNSH Advent Series 2023_Third Sunday of Advent

Today, the vestments at mass change from advent purple to a rosy pink. All shades of purples are on my favorite list.

I remember going to Jen’s Bridal Shop with my mother to purchase my senior prom dress. It was a deep lavender gown with tiny purple velvet bows scattered across the bouffant net tulle.

With my pink ballet slippers and pink rose corsage, I was ready for the big dance and the cover of Vogue Magazine! We are all familiar with the image of darkness into light.

For centuries, the Israelites languished in this darkness for the Messiah. How fortunate we are in the liturgical calendar to track the arrival of the Savior. Every year that blip of pink on the altar tells us the wait is short. All of the readings are uplifting, connecting us to happiness, delight, and bursting with joy!

Isaiah must have had our St. Marguerite in mind when he told us to bring good tidings to the poor, heal broken hearts and release those imprisoned by anguish, injustice and prejudice.

Even the Responsorial Psalm relates the joyful conversation of Mary and Elizabeth as her son John prepares to testify to the light.

St. Paul encourages us to rejoice as we, pray, give thanks, do good, and listen to the Spirit.

Like John, we too, are sent by God to be the voice of those crying out in our present “desert world”.

One cannot help thinking of Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, and even our own country divided by tension and partisanship during this season of peace and goodwill to all.

It is difficult to be patient in these turbulent times – and even in good times – but God always keeps his promises to us.

So as our waiting gets shorter and anticipation grows, let us keep a positive attitude and wear our robe of salvation with pride and hope because the one who called us is always faithful.

Now, it’s time to put on your pink shoes and best dress, because the “Lord of the Dance” is almost here. Amen! Alleluia!

Links to the 2023 Advent Series

First Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Dolores O’Dowd, GNSH
Second Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Patricia Geary, GNSH
Third Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Dolores Beatty, GNSH
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Reflection from our President, Sister Denise Roche, GNSH



7 thoughts on “Third Sunday of Advent – 2023

  1. Maryellen Glackin says:

    Thank you, Sr. Dolores, for reminding us of an experience of youthful joy to illuminate the joy of this special time in Advent! Our lives are full of these quasi- liturgical moments and your reflection reminded me of those personal experiences. Advent reminds us to pay attention to the DETAILS – it is not the devil we find in them, but rather, it is where God’s unique plan for each of us is found!

  2. Pamela Forsythe says:

    What a beautiful way of connecting the readings to happiness in the past, difficulty in the present, and hope for the future. Thanks Sister Dolores!

  3. Mary Pfeiffer says:

    Each week of reflections has been great. Thanks for continuing to be the body of Christ and sharing your words of wisdom during this advent season. Merry Christmas to all the Grey Nuns and to the lay people who support their efforts.

  4. Michael McClure says:

    Yes there is a lot to think about. But, all the readings are up lifting, full of good tidings.St. Paul encourages us to give thanks, do good and listen to the Spirit. Alleluia !

  5. Arlene Kisker says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Prayed to Jesus and said the rosary asking Jesus and the Blessed Mother to help a granddaughter pass a hard exam in preparation for her nursing degree. She was sure she didn’t pass but today she found out she did with a mark of 89. We said our prayers of thankfulness and that rose colored candle is God’s promise to us that we can have hope and joy in this world of turmoil.

  6. Rita Margraff says:

    Dolores. I loved it. Wish I could have seen that lavendar dress and pink shoes!

  7. Barbara Schiavoni says:

    Dolores, you give us much to ponder. Thank you. Yes, God is ever faithful. May all we do and say give witness to this truth. Amidst our joy we remember and stand in solidarity with all who suffer in our world.

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