Friday of the First Week of Advent, December 2, 2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 29:17-24

17 In not more than a little while and a brief time, Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and a fruitful field will be considered to be a forest. 18 And in that day, the deaf will hear the words of a book, and out of darkness and obscurity, the eyes of the blind will see. 19 And the meek will increase their rejoicing in the Lord, and the poor among men will exult in the Holy One of Israel.

20 For the one who was prevailing has failed, the one who was mocking has been consumed, and all those who were standing guard over iniquity have been cut down. 21 For they caused men to sin by a word, and they supplanted him who argued against them at the gates, and they turned away from justice in vain. 22 Because of this, thus says the Lord, he who has redeemed Abraham, to the house of Jacob: From now on, Jacob will not be confounded; from now on his countenance will not blush with shame.

23 Instead, when he sees his children, they will be the work of my hands in his midst, sanctifying my name, and they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and they will preach the God of Israel. 24 And those who had gone astray in spirit will know understanding, and those who had murmured will learn the law.

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 27(26): 1, 4, 13-14

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

4 One thing I have asked of the Lord, this I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, so that I may behold the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

13 I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord, act manfully; and let your heart be strengthened, and remain with the Lord.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:27-31

27 And as Jesus passed from there, two blind men followed him, crying out and saying, “Take pity on us, Son of David.” 28 And when he had arrived at the house, the blind men approached him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you trust that I am able to do this for you?” They say to him, “Certainly, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith, so let it be done for you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus warned them, saying, “See to it that no one knows of this.”

31 But going out, they spread the news of it to all that land.

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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