This Sunday is called Guadete Sunday.- Rejoice Sunday. this comes from the readings we hear today, and it underlines an important point. In the Gospel, we hear John the Baptist telling different groups what to do — they must repent, and change their lives. We might think of this as a rather joyless thing – something which s hard and unrewarding. The message of this Sunday is that repentance and and changing our lives to welcome Jesus is something richly joyful. When we are planning to welcome anyone we love into our homes we set about cleaning and preparing for their visit with enthusiasm — nothing is too much trouble for someone we care for greatly. Even scrubbing the bath or polishing the furniture can be happy and joyful thing! The message of this Sunday is that preparing to welcome The Lord – even though it may involve hard work – is something utterly joyful, because of our love for him, and his love for us.