Wear the Color Pink and Rejoice
Advent: Year C, Week 3
For all the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent click here.
- In the Gospel, the gathered crowds, filled with expectation of the coming Messiah, ask John the Baptist, “What should we do?” and John’s exhortations suggest that all people have a role to play in God’s Reign according to their status in life. As an LGBT person or ally, how is God permitting (or even asking for) your cooperation in the divine plan?
- The origins of the Christmas tradition of the Jesse tree lie in the words of Isaiah 11:1 – “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Decorated during the season of Advent, the Jesse tree ornaments tell the story of God in the Hebrew Scriptures, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God across thousands of years of history. Some of the typical ornaments on a Jesse tree could be a rainbow, ark, coat of many colors, lamb, or the burning bush. To connect the season of Advent with LGBT history, what ornaments would you design for the Jesse tree to symbolize God’s faithfulness to (or affirmation of) the LGBT community?
- Do you think of God as rejoicing over you with gladness, as the prophet Zephaniah writes? Why or why not? What would it be like to hear God sing a joyful song over you? How might it transform your life?
- In today’s Second Reading, the Apostle Paul writes, “Then the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” How do you envision this peace of God for you and the LGBT community? What struggles do you currently see as needing most attention?
- From the course of history (biblical, traditional or present) who are Advent saints for you – people, living or dead – whose contributions have led you to the Christ and made a difference in your life as an LGBT person or ally? How do you choose to remember and bless them this Gaudete Sunday? How would you like to be remembered and blessed?
Being branded as the “lowest of the low” in not uncommon to the LGBT story in the Catholic Church. With magisterial condemnations and ecclesial homophobia, the trademarks of persecution and discrimination still sting. But what if there were already a reason to “shout for joy… sing joyfully… and exalt?”
In the video below, the women on ABC TV’s show, The View, explore just that!