In his words before the midday Angelus, on this third Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of St. Paul's admonishment to "Rejoice" in the Epistle from today's readings for Mass (I Thess. 5:16-24). The reason for rejoicing is that the Lord is near. The Holy Father said, "Love is near! Christmas will come to remind us of this fundamental truth of our faith and, before the crèche, taste Christian joy, contemplating in the face of the newborn Jesus the God who drew near to us for love."