First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 2:1-5 

The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And in the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be prepared at the summit of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and all the nations shall flow to it. 3 And many peoples will go, and they will say: “Let us approach and ascend to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob. And he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 And he will judge the nations, and he will rebuke many peoples. And they shall forge their swords into plowshares, and their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they continue to train for battle. 5 O house of Jacob, let us approach and walk in the light of the Lord.  The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 122(121):1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

I rejoiced in the things that were said to me: “We shall go into the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet were standing in your courts, O Jerusalem.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

3 Jerusalem has been built as a city, whose participation is unto itself. 4 For to that place, the tribes ascended, the tribes of the Lord.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

According to the testimony of Israel, to confess to the name of the Lord. 5 For in that place, seats have sat down in judgment, seats above the house of David.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

6 Petition for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem, and for abundance for those who love you. 7 Let peace be in your virtue, and abundance in your towers.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

8 For the sake of my brothers and my neighbors, I spoke peace about you. 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I sought good things for you.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord.

 

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 13:11-14 

11 (W)e know the present time, that now is the hour for us to rise up from sleep. For already our salvation is closer than when we first believed. 12 The night has passed, and the day draws near. Therefore, let us cast aside the works of darkness, and be clothed with the armor of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the daylight, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and sexual immorality, not in contention and envy. 14 Instead, be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in its desires.  The word of the Lord.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 24:37-44 

(Jesus said to His disciples) 37 “And just as in the days of Noah, so also will be the advent of the Son of man. 38 For it will be just as it was in the days before the flood: eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, even until that day when Noah entered into the ark. 39 And they did not realize it, until the flood came and took them all away. So also will the advent of the Son of man be. 40 Then two men will be in a field: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. 41 Two women will be grinding at a millstone: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. 42 Therefore, be vigilant. For you do not know at what hour your Lord will return. 43 But know this: if only the father of the family knew at what hour the thief would arrive, he would certainly keep vigil and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason, you also must be prepared, for you do not know at what hour the Son of man will return.”  The Gospel of the Lord.

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read the daily Mass readings. The readings are taken and adapted from the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Holy Bible.

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.

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