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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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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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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