Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, Priest, December 3, 2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

19 For the people of Zion will live in Jerusalem. Bitterly, you will not weep. Mercifully, he will take pity on you. At the voice of your outcry, as soon as he hears, he will respond to you. 20 And the Lord will give you thick bread and accessible water. And he will not cause your teacher to fly away from you anymore. And your eyes will behold your instructor. 21 And your ears will listen to the word of one admonishing you behind your back: “This is the way! Walk in it! And do not turn aside, neither to the right, nor to the left.”

23 And wherever you sow seed upon the earth, rain will be given to the seed. And bread from the grain of the earth will be very plentiful and full. In that day, the lamb will pasture in the spacious land of your possession. 24 And your bulls, and the colts of the donkeys that work the ground, will eat a mix of grains like that winnowed on the threshing floor.25 And there will be, on every lofty mountain, and on every elevated hill, rivers of running water, in the day of the slaughter of many, when the tower will fall. 26 And the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord will bind the wound of his people, and when he will heal the stroke of their scourge.

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 147(146):1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Blessed are all those who wait for him.

Praise the Lord, because the psalm is good. Delightful and beautiful praise shall be for our God. 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem. He will gather together the dispersed of Israel.

Blessed are all those who wait for him.

3 He heals the contrite of heart, and he binds up their sorrows. 4 He numbers the multitude of the stars, and he calls them all by their names.

Blessed are all those who wait for him.

5 Great is our Lord, and great is his virtue. And of his wisdom, there is no number. 6 The Lord lifts up the meek, but he brings down the sinner, even to the ground.

Blessed are all those who wait for him.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5, 6-8

35 And Jesus traveled throughout all of the cities and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every illness and every infirmity. 36 Then, seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them, because they were distressed and were reclining, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples: “The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore, petition the Lord of the harvest, so that he may send out laborers to his harvest.”

1 And having called together his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to cure every sickness and every infirmity.

5a Jesus sent these twelve, instructing them, saying: 6b “go to the sheep who have fallen away from the house of Israel. 7 And going forth, preach, saying: ‘For the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.’ 8 Cure the infirm, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You have received freely, so give freely.”

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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