Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2016

12/08/2016

A reading from the book of Genesis 3:9-15, 20

9 And the Lord God called Adam and said to him: “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard your voice in Paradise, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and so I hid myself.” 11 He said to him, “Then who told you that you were naked, if you have not eaten of the tree from which I instructed you that you should not eat?” 12 And Adam said, “The woman, whom you gave to me as a companion, gave to me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “Why have you done this?” And she responded, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 And the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed among all living things, even the wild beasts of the earth. Upon your breast shall you travel, and the ground shall you eat, all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmities between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring. She will crush your head, and you will lie in wait for her heel.”

20 And Adam called the name of his wife, ‘Eve,’ because she was the mother of all the living.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 98(97):1, 2-3b, 3c-4

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders. His right hand has accomplished salvation for him, with his holy arm.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.

2 The Lord has made known his salvation. He has revealed his justice in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Sing joyfully to God, all the earth. Sing and exult, and sing psalms.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.


A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

(Brothers and sisters:)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ, 4 just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight, in charity. 5 He has predestined us to adoption as sons, through Jesus Christ, in himself, according to the purpose of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son.

11 In him, we too are called to our portion, having been predestined in accord with the plan of the One who accomplishes all things by the counsel of his will. 12 So may we be, to the praise of his glory, we who have hoped beforehand in Christ.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38

26 (The) Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.

28 And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”

29 And when she had heard this, she was disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be.

30 And the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.

31 Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name: JESUS.

32 He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity.

33 And his kingdom shall have no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done, since I do not know man?”

35 And in response, the Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. And because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.

37 For no word will be impossible with God.”

38 Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, December 7, 2016

12/07/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 40:25-31

25 (To) whom would you compare me or equate me? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things. He leads forth their army by number, and he calls them all by name. Because of the fullness of his strength and robustness and virtue, not one of them was left behind. 27 Why do you say this, O Jacob, and why do you speak this way, O Israel? “My way has been hidden from the Lord, and my judgment escaped notice by my God.”

28 Do you not know, or have you not heard? The Lord is the eternal God, who has created the limits of the earth. He does not diminish, and he does not struggle. Neither is his wisdom searchable. 29 It is he who gives strength to the weary, and it is he who increases fortitude and strength in those who are failing. 30 Servants will struggle and fail, and young men will fall into infirmity. 31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will take up wings like eagles. They will run and not struggle. They will walk and not tire.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 103(102):1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and bless his holy name, all that is within me. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his recompenses.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

3 He forgives all your iniquities. He heals all your infirmities. 4 He redeems your life from destruction. He crowns you with mercy and compassion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful, patient and full of mercy. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, and he has not repaid us according to our iniquities.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 11:28-30

(Jesus spoke to the crowds:)

28 “Come to me, all you who labor and have been burdened, and I will refresh you. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent, December 6, 2016

12/06/2016

A reading from the prophet Isaiah 40:1-11

1 Be consoled, be consoled, O my people! says your God. 2 Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call out to her! For her malice has reached its end. Her iniquity has been forgiven. She has received double for all her sins from the hand of the Lord.

3 The voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight the paths of our God, in a solitary place. 4 Every valley will be exalted, and every mountain and hill will be brought low. And the crooked will be straightened, and the uneven will become level ways. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. And all flesh together will see that the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6 The voice of one saying, “Cry out!” And I said, “What should I cry out?” “All flesh is grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass has dried up, and the flower has fallen. For the Spirit of the Lord has blown over it. Truly, the people are like grass. 8 The grass has dried up, and the flower has fallen. But the Word of our Lord remains for eternity.”

9 You who evangelize Zion, climb a high mountain! You who evangelize Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength! Lift it up! Do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah: “Behold, your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him. 11 He will pasture his flock like a shepherd. He will gather together the lambs with his arm, and he will lift them up to his bosom, and he himself will carry the very young.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 96(95):1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13

(Is 40:10ab) The Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule.

Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord and bless his name. Announce his salvation from day to day.

The Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule.

3 Announce his glory among the Gentiles, his miracles among all peoples. 10 Say among the Gentiles: The Lord has reigned. He will judge the peoples with fairness.

The Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth exult; let the sea and all its fullness be moved. 12 The fields and all the things that are in them will be glad. Then all the trees of the forest will rejoice.

The Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule.

(They will rejoice) 13 before the face of the Lord: for he arrives. For he arrives to judge the earth. He will judge the whole world with fairness and the peoples with his truth.

The Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:12-14

(Jesus said to His disciples,) 12 How does it seem to you? If someone has one hundred sheep, and if one of them has gone astray, should he not leave behind the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go out to seek what has gone astray? 13 And if he should happen to find it: Amen I say to you, that he has more joy over that one than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray. 14 Even so, it is not the will before your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should be lost.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Monday of the Second Week of Advent, December 5, 2016

12/05/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 35:1-10

1 The desolate and impassable land will rejoice, and the place of solitude will exult, and it will flourish like the lily. 2 It will spring up and blossom, and it will exult with rejoicing and praising. The glory of Lebanon has been given to it, with the beauty of Carmel and Sharon. These will see the glory of the Lord and the beauty of our God. 3 Strengthen the lax hands, and confirm the weak knees! 4 Say to the fainthearted: “Take courage and fear not! Behold, your God will bring the vindication of retribution. God himself will arrive to save you.” 5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared. 6 Then the disabled will leap like a buck, and the tongue of the mute will be untied.

For the waters have burst forth in the desert, and torrents in solitary places. 7 And the land that was dry will have a pond, and the thirsty land will have fountains of water. In the hollows where the serpents lived before, there will rise up the greenery of reed and bulrush. 8 And there shall be a path and a road in that place. And it will be called the Holy Way. The defiled will not pass through it. For this will be an upright path for you, so much so that the foolish will not wander along it. 9 There will be no lions in that place, and harmful wild animals will neither climb up to it, nor be found there. Only those who have been freed will walk in that place. 10 And the redeemed of the Lord will be converted, and they will return to Zion with praising. And everlasting joy will be upon their heads. They will obtain gladness and rejoicing. For pain and sorrow will flee away.

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 85(84):9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14

(Is 35:4) God himself will arrive to save you.

9 I will listen to what the Lord God may be saying to me. For he will speak peace to his people, 10 truly his salvation is near to those who fear him, so that glory may inhabit our land.

God himself will arrive to save you.

11 Mercy and truth have met each other. Justice and peace have kissed. 12 Truth has risen from the earth, and justice has gazed down from heaven.

God himself will arrive to save you.

3 For so will the Lord give goodness, and our earth will give her fruit. 14 Justice will walk before him, and he will set his steps upon the way.

God himself will arrive to save you.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 5:17-26

17 And it happened, on a certain day, that he again sat down, teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting nearby, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present, to heal them. 18 And behold, some men were carrying in the bed of a man who was paralyzed. And they sought a way to bring him in, and to place him before him. 19 And not finding a way by which they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they climbed up to the roof, and they let him down through the roof tiles with his bed, into their midst, in front of Jesus. 20 And when he saw his faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

21 And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: “Who is this, who is speaking blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins, except God alone?” 22 But when Jesus realized their thoughts, responding, he said to them: “What are you thinking in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk?’ 24 But so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he said to the paralytic, “I say to you: Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your house.”

25 And at once, rising up in their sight, he took up the bed on which he was lying, and he went away to his own house, magnifying God. 26 And astonishment took hold of everyone, and they were magnifying God. And they were filled with fear, saying: “For we have seen miracles today.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2016

12/04/2016

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.

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

12/03/2016

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

12/02/2016

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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