Thursday of the First Week of Advent, December 1, 2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 26:1-6

1 In that day, this canticle will be sung in the land of Judah.

Within it will be set the city of our strength: Zion, a savior, a wall with a bulwark. 2 Open the gates, and let the just people who guard the truth enter. 3 The old error has gone away. You will serve peace: peace, for we have hoped in you.

4 You have trusted in the Lord for all eternity, in the Lord God almighty forever. 5 For he will bend down those living in the heights. He will bring low the lofty city. He will lower it, even to the ground. He will tear it down, even to the dust. 6 The foot will tread it down: the feet of the poor, the steps of the indigent.

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 118(117): 1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

Confess to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy is forever. 8 It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in man. 9 It is good to hope in the Lord, rather than to hope in leaders.

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

19 Open the gates of justice to me. I will enter them, and I will confess to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord. The just will enter by it. 21 I will confess to you because you have heard me. And you have become my salvation.

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

25 O Lord, grant salvation to me. O Lord, grant good prosperity. 26 Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord. We have blessed you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God, and he has enlightened us.

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 7:21, 24-27

(Jesus said to His disciples) 21 “Not all who say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, but it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, and it did fall, and great was its ruin.”

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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