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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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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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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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.


Thursday of the First Week of Advent, December 1, 2016

12/01/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 26:1-6

1 In that day, this canticle will be sung in the land of Judah.

Within it will be set the city of our strength: Zion, a savior, a wall with a bulwark. 2 Open the gates, and let the just people who guard the truth enter. 3 The old error has gone away. You will serve peace: peace, for we have hoped in you.

4 You have trusted in the Lord for all eternity, in the Lord God almighty forever. 5 For he will bend down those living in the heights. He will bring low the lofty city. He will lower it, even to the ground. He will tear it down, even to the dust. 6 The foot will tread it down: the feet of the poor, the steps of the indigent.

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 118(117): 1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

Confess to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy is forever. 8 It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in man. 9 It is good to hope in the Lord, rather than to hope in leaders.

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

19 Open the gates of justice to me. I will enter them, and I will confess to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord. The just will enter by it. 21 I will confess to you because you have heard me. And you have become my salvation.

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

25 O Lord, grant salvation to me. O Lord, grant good prosperity. 26 Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord. We have blessed you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God, and he has enlightened us.

Blessed is he who arrives in the name of the Lord.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 7:21, 24-27

(Jesus said to His disciples) 21 “Not all who say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, but it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, and it did fall, and great was its ruin.”

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.


Tuesday of the First Week of Advent, November 29, 2016

11/29/2016

First Reading Is 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):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.

 

Gospel Lk 10:21-24

21 In the same hour, (Jesus) exulted in the Holy Spirit, and he said: “I confess to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones. It is so, Father, because this way was pleasing before you. 22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and those to whom the Son has chosen to reveal him.”

23 And turning to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I say to you, that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things that you see, and they did not see them, and to hear the things that you hear, and they did not hear them.”  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.


Monday of the First Week of Advent, November 28, 2016

11/28/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 4:2-6

2 In that day, the seedling of the Lord will have magnificence and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be greatly-esteemed and a source of joy to those who will have been saved out of Israel. 3 And this shall be: all who are left behind in Zion, and who remain in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, all who have been written in life in Jerusalem.
4 Then the Lord will have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and will have washed away the blood of Jerusalem from its midst, by means of a spirit of judgment and a spirit of intense devotion.

5 And the Lord will create, over every place of Mount Zion and wherever he is called upon, a cloud by day and a smoke with the splendor of burning fire by night. For protection will be over every glory. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade from the heat in daytime, and for security, and for protection from the whirlwind and from rain.  The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 122(121):1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

I rejoiced in the things that were said to me: “We shall go into the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet were standing in your courts, O Jerusalem.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

3 Jerusalem has been built as a city, whose participation is unto itself. 4 For to that place, the tribes ascended, the tribes of the Lord.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

According to the testimony of Israel, to confess to the name of the Lord. 5 For in that place, seats have sat down in judgment, seats above the house of David.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

6 Petition for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem, and for abundance for those who love you. 7 Let peace be in your virtue, and abundance in your towers.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

8 For the sake of my brothers and my neighbors, I spoke peace about you. 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I sought good things for you.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 8:5-11

5 (When Jesus) entered into Capernaum, a centurion approached, petitioning him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed and badly tormented.” 7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

8 And responding, the centurion said: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I, too, am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and
he does it.”

10 And, hearing this, Jesus wondered. And he said to those following him: “Amen I say to you, I have not found so great a faith in Israel. 11 For I say to you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and they shall sit at table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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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.


First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016

11/27/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 2:1-5 

The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And in the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be prepared at the summit of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and all the nations shall flow to it. 3 And many peoples will go, and they will say: “Let us approach and ascend to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob. And he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 And he will judge the nations, and he will rebuke many peoples. And they shall forge their swords into plowshares, and their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they continue to train for battle. 5 O house of Jacob, let us approach and walk in the light of the Lord.  The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 122(121):1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

I rejoiced in the things that were said to me: “We shall go into the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet were standing in your courts, O Jerusalem.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

3 Jerusalem has been built as a city, whose participation is unto itself. 4 For to that place, the tribes ascended, the tribes of the Lord.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

According to the testimony of Israel, to confess to the name of the Lord. 5 For in that place, seats have sat down in judgment, seats above the house of David.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

6 Petition for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem, and for abundance for those who love you. 7 Let peace be in your virtue, and abundance in your towers.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord. 

8 For the sake of my brothers and my neighbors, I spoke peace about you. 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I sought good things for you.

Let us go rejoicing into the house of the Lord.

 

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 13:11-14 

11 (W)e know the present time, that now is the hour for us to rise up from sleep. For already our salvation is closer than when we first believed. 12 The night has passed, and the day draws near. Therefore, let us cast aside the works of darkness, and be clothed with the armor of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the daylight, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and sexual immorality, not in contention and envy. 14 Instead, be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in its desires.  The word of the Lord.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 24:37-44 

(Jesus said to His disciples) 37 “And just as in the days of Noah, so also will be the advent of the Son of man. 38 For it will be just as it was in the days before the flood: eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, even until that day when Noah entered into the ark. 39 And they did not realize it, until the flood came and took them all away. So also will the advent of the Son of man be. 40 Then two men will be in a field: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. 41 Two women will be grinding at a millstone: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. 42 Therefore, be vigilant. For you do not know at what hour your Lord will return. 43 But know this: if only the father of the family knew at what hour the thief would arrive, he would certainly keep vigil and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason, you also must be prepared, for you do not know at what hour the Son of man will return.”  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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