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Philippians 4:4-7
The divinity and incarnation of Christ. John the Baptist bears witness of Him.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him: and without Him was made nothing that was made.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the Light, that all men might believe through Him.

He was not the Light, but was to give testimony of the Light. That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in His name.

Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John beareth witness of Him, and crieth out, saying: This was He of whom I spoke: He that shall come after me, is preferred before me: because He was before me.
John 1:1-20, The Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesu, Joy of Manís Desiring from Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben by Johann Sebastian Bach; literal translation of original text
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
Let us keep that joy of loving Jesus
in our hearts. And share that joy with all
that we come in contact with.

That radiating joy is real,
for we have no reason not to be happy
because we have Christ with us.

Christ in our hearts,
Christ in the poor we meet,
Christ in the smile that we give
and the smile that we receive. Amen
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Joshua Reynolds; 1776; Wallace Collection, London; https://www.wikipaintings.org
Seven Angels adoring the Christ Child by Pierre Subleyras; 1730-1740; France; currently on public view at the Los Angels County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; https://www.wikipaintings.org
The Glorification by Geertgen tot Sint Jans; 1480s; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Netherlands; https://www.wga.hu
Gaudete (3rd) Sunday of Advent - Gaudete! - Rejoice in the Lord!
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