Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016

12/18/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 7:10-14

10 And the Lord spoke further to Ahaz, saying:

11 “Ask for a sign for yourself from the Lord your God, from the depths below, even to the heights above.”

12 And Ahaz said, “I will not ask, for I will not tempt the Lord.”

13 And (Isaiah) said: “Then listen, O house of David. Is it such a small thing for you to trouble men, that you must also trouble my God? 14 For this reason, the Lord himself will grant to you a sign. Behold, a virgin will conceive, and she will give birth to a son, and his name will be called Immanuel.”

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 24(23):1-2, 3-4, 5-6

(7c and 10b) And the King of Glory shall enter. He himself is the King of Glory.

1 The earth and all its fullness belong to the Lord: the whole world and all that dwells in it. 2 For he has founded it upon the seas, and he has prepared it upon the rivers.

And the King of Glory shall enter. He himself is the King of Glory.

3 Who will ascend to the mountain of the Lord? And who will stand in his holy place? 4 The innocent of hands and the clean of heart, who has not received his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbor.

And the King of Glory shall enter. He himself is the King of Glory.

5 He will receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God, his Savior. 6 This is the generation that seeks him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

And the King of Glory shall enter. He himself is the King of Glory.


A reading from the book of St. Paul to the Romans 1:1-7

1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called as an Apostle, separated for the Gospel of God, 2 which he had promised beforehand, through his Prophets, in the Holy Scriptures, 3 about his Son, who was made for him from the offspring of David according to the flesh, 4 the Son of God, who was predestined in virtue according to the Spirit of sanctification from the resurrection of the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 through whom we have received grace and Apostleship, for the sake of his name, for the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, 6 from whom you also have been called by Jesus Christ: 7 To all who are at Rome, the beloved of God, called as saints. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-24

18 Now the procreation of the Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not willing to hand her over, preferred to send her away secretly. 20 But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation of his people from their sins.” 22 Now all this occurred in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb, and she shall give birth to a son. And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means: God is with us. 24 Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his wife.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2016

12/11/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 35:1-6a, 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.

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 146(145):7, 8-9a, 9b-10

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

7 He preserves the truth forever. He executes judgment for those who suffer injury. He provides food for the hungry. The Lord releases those who are bound.

God himself will arrive to save you.

8 The Lord enlightens the blind. The Lord sets upright those who have been thrown down. The Lord loves the just. 9 The Lord watches over new arrivals.

God himself will arrive to save you.

He will support the orphan and the widow. And he will destroy the ways of sinners. 10 The Lord shall reign forever: your God, O Zion, from generation to generation.

God himself will arrive to save you.


A reading from the letter of St. James 5:7-10

7 (Therefore,) be patient, brothers, until the advent of the Lord. Consider that the farmer anticipates the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently, until he receives the early and the late rains. 8 Therefore, you too should be patient and should strengthen your hearts. For the advent of the Lord draws near. 9 Brothers, do not complain against one another, so that you may not be judged. Behold, the judge stands before the door. 10 My brothers, consider the Prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of departing from evil, of labor, and of patience.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 11:2-11

2 Now when John had heard, in prison, about the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, he said to him, 3 “Are you he who is to come, or should we expect another?” 4 And Jesus, responding, said to them: “Go and report to John what you have heard and seen. 5 The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor are evangelized. 6 And blessed is he who has found no offense in me.”

7 Then, after they departed, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 So what did you go out to see? A man in soft garments? Behold, those who are clothed in soft garments are in the houses of kings. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he, of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.’ 11 Amen I say to you, among those born of women, there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Friday of the Second Week of Advent, December 9, 2016

12/09/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 48:17-19

17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord, your God, who teaches you beneficial things, who guides you in the way that you walk. 18 If only you had paid attention to my commandments! Your peace would have been like a river, and your justice would have been like the waves of the sea, 19 and your offspring would have been like the sand, and the stock from your loins would have been like its stones. His name would not have passed away, nor would it have been worn away before my face.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

(John 8:12) Whoever follows (the Lord) shall have the light of life.

1 Blessed is the man who has not followed the counsel of the impious, and has not remained in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the chair of pestilence. 2 But his will is with the law of the Lord, and he will meditate on his law, day and night.

Whoever follows (the Lord) shall have the light of life.

3 And he will be like a tree that has been planted beside running waters, which will provide its fruit in its time, and its leaf will not fall away, and all things whatsoever that he does will prosper.

Whoever follows (the Lord) shall have the light of life.

4 Not so the impious, not so. For they are like the dust that the wind casts along the face of the earth. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the just. And the path of the impious will pass away.

Whoever follows (the Lord) shall have the light of life.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 11:16-19

(7) Jesus began to speak to the crowds:

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplace, 17 who, calling out to their companions, say: ‘We played music for you, and you did not dance. We lamented, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking; and they say, ‘Behold, a man who eats voraciously and who drinks wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her sons.”

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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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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