Saturday of the Second Week of Advent, December 10, 2016

12/10/2016

A reading from the book of Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11

1 (And) the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch. 2 He brought a famine upon them, and those who provoked him in their envy became few. For they could not bear the precepts of the Lord. 3 By the word of the Lord, he closed the heavens, and he brought down fire from heaven three times. 4 In this way, Elijah was magnified in his wondrous works. So who can say that he is similar to you in glory? 9 He was received into a whirlwind of fire, into a swift chariot with fiery horses. 10 He is written in the judgments of the times, so as to lessen the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. 11 Blessed are those who saw you, and who were adorned with your friendship.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 80(79):2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19

(4) Convert us, O God. And reveal your face, and we will be saved.

2 The One who reigns over Israel: Be attentive. The One who sits upon the cherubim: Shine forth. 3 Awaken your power.

Convert us, O God. And reveal your face, and we will be saved.

15 Turn back, O God of hosts. Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vineyard; 16 and complete what your right hand has planted, and look upon the son of man, whom you have confirmed for yourself.

Convert us, O God. And reveal your face, and we will be saved.

18 Let your hand be over the man on your right, and over the son of man, whom you have confirmed for yourself. 19 For we do not depart from you, and you will revive us. And we will invoke your name.

Convert us, O God. And reveal your face, and we will be saved.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 19:9a, 10-13

9 (And) as they were descending from the mountain, 10 (And) his disciples questioned (him Jesus), saying, “Why then do the scribes say that it is necessary for Elijah to arrive first?” 11 But in response, he said to them: “Elijah, indeed, shall arrive and restore all things. 12 But I say to you, that Elijah has already arrived, and they did not recognize him, but they did whatever they wanted to him. So also shall the Son of man suffer from them.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

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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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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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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