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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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to 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.

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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.


Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, November 30, 2016

11/30/2016

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 10:9-18

(Brothers and sisters,) 9 (if) you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised him up from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart, we believe unto justice; but with the mouth, confession is unto salvation. 11 For Scripture says: “All those who believe in him shall not be confounded.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. For the same Lord is over all, richly in all who call upon him. 13 For all those who have called upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

14 Then in what way will those who have not believed in him call upon him? Or in what way will those who have not heard of him believe in him? And in what way will they hear of him without preaching? 15 And truly, in what way will they preach unless they have been sent, just as it has been written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who evangelize peace, of those who evangelize what is good!”

16 But not all are obedient to the Gospel. For Isaiah says: “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 Therefore, faith is from hearing, and hearing is through the Word of Christ.

18 But I say: Have they not heard? For certainly: “Their sound has gone forth throughout all the earth, and their words unto the limits of the whole world.”

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11

Their sound has gone forth through all the earth.

8 The law of the Lord is immaculate, converting souls. The testimony of the Lord is faithful, providing wisdom to little ones.

Their sound has gone forth through all the earth.

9 The justice of the Lord is right, rejoicing hearts. The precepts of the Lord are brilliant, enlightening the eyes.

Their sound has gone forth through all the earth.

10 The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for all generations. The judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves:

Their sound has gone forth through all the earth.

11 desirable beyond gold and many precious stones, and sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.

Their sound has gone forth through all the earth.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 4:18-22

18 And Jesus, walking near the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 19 And he said to them: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 And at once, leaving behind their nets, they followed him.

21 And continuing on from there, he saw another two brothers, James of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a ship with their father Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them. 22 And immediately, leaving their nets and their father behind, they followed him.

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.


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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