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December 17, 2018

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Today’s First reading from Genesis has the Israelite patriarch Jacob giving a farewell address to his son, from whom the Twelve Tribes of Israel shall later be named. In Matthew’s Gospel, the importance of Jesus’ link with King David and Abraham, father of Israel, is outlined in the genealogy of Jesus.

The beginning of the Gospel of Matthew shows us the importance of the past.

To fully understand the “new”, we must have an appreciation for the “old”, From the first words of the first book of the New Testament, the genealogy of Jesus not only notes great leaders of Israel, but brings to mind key events in salvation history leading to the birth of the much-anticipated Messiah. Let us pray for the church, that through its evangelization efforts, the lost sheep may hear the mercy in God’s voice and return to the fold. Amen.

Monday of the Third Week in Advent
Lectionary: 193

Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10

Jacob called his sons and said to them:
“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,
listen to Israel, your father.

“You, Judah, shall your brothers praise
–your hand on the neck of your enemies;
the sons of your father shall bow down to you.
Judah, like a lion’s whelp,
you have grown up on prey, my son.
He crouches like a lion recumbent,
the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?
The scepter shall never depart from Judah,
or the mace from between his legs,
While tribute is brought to him,
and he receives the people’s homage.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17

  1. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
    and the hills justice.
    He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
    save the children of the poor.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    Justice shall flower in his days,
    and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
    May he rule from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    May his name be blessed forever;
    as long as the sun his name shall remain.
    In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
    all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Wisdom of our God Most High,
    guiding creation with power and love:
    come to teach us the path of knowledge!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.

 

December 18, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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The prophet Jeremiah speaks about the restoration of Israel. Today’s Gospel tells the story of how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.

Jesus is the righteous shoot of David, the long awaited Messiah.

There are several instances in the Old Testament where there is a foreshadowing of events in the New Testament. At these times in particular, we can see the wideness of God’s plan. Today’s reading from the prophet Jeremiah is one such instance. We understand the righteous shoot of David is Jesus, our Savior. Let us pray that the evangelization mission of the worldwide Church may increase, reaching those without faith, and creating more active disciples to spread God’s word. Amen.

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 194

Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,
when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;
but rather, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of the house of Israel
up from the land of the north”–
and from all the lands to which I banished them;
they shall again live on their own land.

Responsorial Psalm pS 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19

  1. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
    and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
    He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
    the lives of the poor he shall save.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
    who alone does wondrous deeds.
    And blessed forever be his glorious name;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Leader of the House of Israel,
    giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
    come to rescue us with your mighty power!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

 

December 19, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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In the first reading, Manoah’s wife was told she would give birth to a son who would rescue his people from their oppressors, in accordance with God’s plan. In the Gospel, the angel of the Lord told Zechariah that he and his wife, although childless and of advanced age, would have a son to be named John, who would lead many to repentance and prepare the way of the Lord.

When we trust God’s plan for us, our faith bears fruit in new life.

God’s message came to people who remained faithful even though they hadn’t been blessed with the children they longed for. Their patience and obedience bore fruit in God’s time according to his plan – for their good and the good of others. When we trust God, his plans for us bear fruit in his time and in his way. Let us pray that those gathered as the Family of God in different communities may be blessed with awareness of God’s plan for them and the willingness to respond accordingly. Amen.

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 195

Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a

There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,
whose name was Manoah.
His wife was barren and had borne no children.
An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,
“Though you are barren and have had no children,
yet you will conceive and bear a son.
Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink
and to eat nothing unclean.
As for the son you will conceive and bear,
no razor shall touch his head,
for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb.
It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel
from the power of the Philistines.”

The woman went and told her husband,
“A man of God came to me;
he had the appearance of an angel of God, terrible indeed.
I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.
But he said to me,
‘You will be with child and will bear a son.
So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean.
For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb,
until the day of his death.'”

The woman bore a son and named him Samson.
The boy grew up and the LORD blessed him;
the Spirit of the LORD stirred him.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17

  1. (see 8) My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
    O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
    R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!
    For you are my hope, O LORD;
    my trust, O God, from my youth.
    On you I depend from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
    R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!
    I will treat of the mighty works of the LORD;
    O God, I will tell of your singular justice.
    O God, you have taught me from my youth,
    and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
    R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Root of Jesse’s stem,
    sign of God’s love for all his people:
    come to save us without delay!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:5-25

In the days of Herod, King of Judea,
there was a priest named Zechariah
of the priestly division of Abijah;
his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,
and her name was Elizabeth.
Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
observing all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren
and both were advanced in years.

Once when he was serving as priest
in his division’s turn before God,
according to the practice of the priestly service,
he was chosen by lot
to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.
Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside
at the hour of the incense offering,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense.
Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John.
And you will have joy and gladness,
and many will rejoice at his birth,
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
He will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,
and he will turn many of the children of Israel
to the Lord their God.
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
to turn the hearts of fathers toward children
and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”

Then Zechariah said to the angel,
“How shall I know this?
For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
And the angel said to him in reply,
“I am Gabriel, who stand before God.
I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news.
But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words,
which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah
and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary.
But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them,
and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary.
He was gesturing to them but remained mute.

Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home.

After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived,
and she went into seclusion for five months, saying,
“So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit
to take away my disgrace before others.”

 

December 20, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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In the first reading, Ahaz refuses to ask for a sign from God. Isaiah prophesies the sign – that the virgin shall conceive and bear a son. The angel Gabriel visits Mary, revealing that she will conceive and bear a son, even though she is a virgin, as the power of the Most High will overshadow her. She is to name him Jesus.

The Angel Gabriel reminded Mary, and reminds us today as well, that nothing will be impossible for God.

Nothing is impossible for God. That truth does not mean that every single thing we want to happen will happen – not will every desire we have been fulfilled. But it does promise us that God will never withhold good from us, because that is all he desires for us. Let us pray for our Church, that through the power of the Holy Spirit she will be fruitful and multiply. Amen.

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 196

Reading 1 Is 7:10-14

The LORD spoke to Ahaz:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary men,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

  1. (see 7c and 10b) Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
    The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
    For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
    R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
    Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
    He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
    R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
    He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
    Such is the race that seeks for him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
    R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Key of David,
    opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
    come and free the prisoners of darkness!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:26-38

In the sixth month,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

 

December 21, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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Memorial of saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church.

Symbolizing God’s love for humankind, the first reading tells of two lovers joyfully reuniting in the spring. In today’s Gospel, the Blessed Virgin visits her cousin Elizabeth. The baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps at the presence of the unborn Jesus. Elizabeth, filled with the Spirit, praise Mary for her trust in God.

We re-create the love of God and the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary through our love for others.

The fruit of your womb, what a striking description of a child – not only Jesus, but every child. The creative work of God passes through the parents, making all children holy. This was the case with the blessed Virgin and her child, and with every woman who carries a child in her womb. Let us pray all parents and guardians may receive the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Elizabeth, helpmates who understand the challenges thy face. Amen.

Friday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 197

Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14

Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,
and come!
“For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the dove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
and come!

“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”

or Zep 3:14-18a

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you,
he has turned away your enemies;
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21

  1. (1a; 3a) Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
    Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
    with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
    Sing to him a new song;
    pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
    R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
    But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
    the design of his heart, through all generations.
    Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
    the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
    R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
    Our soul waits for the LORD,
    who is our help and our shield,
    For in him our hearts rejoice;
    in his holy name we trust.
    R. Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
    come to save us, Lord our God!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:39-45

Mary set out in those days
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

 

December 22, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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In the first reading, Hannah takes her newly weaned son, Samuel, to the temple along with sacrificial offerings of a bull, flour and wine, and leaves him there to be dedicated to God. In the Gospel, Mary, now carrying Jesus in her womb, proclaims her magnificat, glorifying God in humility.

Giving thanks to God for his gifts includes sacrifice, praise and continued thanksgiving.

Hannah and Mary both give praise and thanksgiving to God, though in slightly different ways. Both women understand that the Lord is the giver of all good things, including their sons. In their humility, they will support both of their son to do God’s work – Samuel as a prophet, and Jesus through his public ministry, death and resurrection. Let us pray for those in the Church discerning a call to religious vocations, may they and their families have the grace to respond with humility and courage. Amen.

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 198

Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

  1. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “My heart exults in the LORD,
    my horn is exalted in my God.
    I have swallowed up my enemies;
    I rejoice in my victory.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “The bows of the mighty are broken,
    while the tottering gird on strength.
    The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
    while the hungry batten on spoil.
    The barren wife bears seven sons,
    while the mother of many languishes.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “The LORD puts to death and gives life;
    he casts down to the nether world;
    he raises up again.
    The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
    he humbles, he also exalts.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “He raises the needy from the dust;
    from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
    To seat them with nobles
    and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
    come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:46-56

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.

 

December 23, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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In the first reading, Micah prophesies that tiny Bethlehem will be the birth place of the Messiah, a great ruler for all time. Paul reflects on Jesus’ offering of himself and his obedience to God’s will, through which we are consecrated. The Gospel depicts Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, who recognizes Mary’s role as Mother of God.

Jesus has come to us as our King and Shepherd

In a few days, we will celebrate the great gift God has given to humanity two thousand years ago: the gift of Jesus. Jesus comes as Savior of the world and as the majestic King – but also as a Shepherd who cares deeply and personally for each one of us on our journey. He is truly God’s gift to us. Let us pray for women in crisis pregnancies, that they may have the support and encouragement they need to care for their babies. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 12

Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
and the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
and they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.

  1. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
    O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
    from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    Rouse your power,
    and come to save us.
    R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
    Once again, O LORD of hosts,
    look down from heaven, and see;
    take care of this vine,
    and protect what your right hand has planted
    the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
    R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
    May your help be with the man of your right hand,
    with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
    Then we will no more withdraw from you;
    give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
    R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Reading 2 Heb 10:5-10

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'”

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, :Behold, I come to do your will.”
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Alleluia Lk 1:38

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
    May it be done to me according to your word.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:39-45

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”