Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 11:1-10

1 And a rod will go forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower will ascend from his root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety. 3 And he will be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He will not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.

4 Instead, he will judge the poor with justice, and he will reprove the meek of the earth with fairness. And he will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and he will slay the impious with the spirit of his lips. 5 And justice will be the belt around his waist. And faith will be the warrior’s belt at his side. 6 The wolf will dwell with the lamb; and the leopard will lie down with the kid; the calf and the lion and the sheep will abide together; and a little boy will drive them. 7 The calf and the bear will feed together; their young ones will rest together. And the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 And a breastfeeding infant will play above the lair of the asp. And a child who has been weaned will thrust his hand into the den of the king snake. 9 They will not harm, and they will not kill, on all my holy mountain. For the earth has been filled with the knowledge of the Lord, like the waters covering the sea. 10 In that day, the root of Jesse, who stands as a sign among the people, the same the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulcher will be glorious.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 72(71):(1-)2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

2 Give your judgment, O God, to the king, and your justice to the king’s son, to judge your people with justice and your poor with judgment.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

7 In his days, justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away. 8 And he will rule from sea to sea and from the river to the limits of the whole world.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

12 For he will free the poor from the powerful, and the poor one who has no helper. 13 He will spare the poor and the indigent, and he will bring salvation to the souls of the poor.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

17 May his name be blessed forever; may his name remain before the sun. And all the tribes of the earth will be blessed in him. All nations will magnify him.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 15:4-9

(Brothers and sisters,) 4 (Whatever) was written, was written to teach us, so that, through patience and the consolation of the Scriptures, we might have hope. 5 So may the God of patience and solace grant you to be of one mind toward one another, in accord with Jesus Christ, 6 so that, together with one mouth, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 For this reason, accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, in the honor of God. 8 For I declare that Christ Jesus was the minister of circumcision because of the truth of God, so as to confirm the promises to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles are to honor God because of his mercy, just as it was written: “Because of this, I will confess you among the Gentiles, O Lord, and I will sing to your name.”

The word of the Lord.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 3:1-12

1 Now in those days, John the Baptist arrived, preaching in the desert of Judea, 2 and saying: “Repent. For the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.” 3 For this is the one who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying: “A voice crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” 4 Now the same John had a garment made from the hair of camels, and a leather belt around his waist. And his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, and all Judea, and the entire region around the Jordan went out to him. 6 And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, acknowledging their sins.

7 Then, seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees arriving for his baptism, he said to them: “Progeny of vipers, who warned to you to flee from the approaching wrath? 8 Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. 9 And do not choose to say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God has the power to raise up sons to Abraham from these stones. 10 For even now the axe has been placed at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not produce good fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire. 11 Indeed, I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who will come after me is more powerful than me. I am not worthy to carry his shoes. He will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit. 12 His winnowing fan is in his hand. And he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. And he will gather his wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

The Gospel of the Lord.


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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