III Domingo de Adviento – 15 De Diciembre 2019

Is 35, 1-6a. 10

Esto dice el Señor:
“Regocíjate, yermo sediento.
Que se alegre el desierto y se cubra de flores,
que florezca como un campo de lirios,
que se alegre y dé gritos de júbilo,
porque le será dada la gloria del Líbano,
el esplendor del Carmelo y del Sarón.

Ellos verán la gloria del Señor,
el esplendor de nuestro Dios.
Fortalezcan las manos cansadas,
afiancen las rodillas vacilantes.
Digan a los de corazón apocado:
‘¡Ánimo! No teman.
He aquí que su Dios,
vengador y justiciero,
viene ya para salvarlos’.

Se iluminarán entonces los ojos de los ciegos
y los oídos de los sordos se abrirán.
Saltará como un venado el cojo
y la lengua del mudo cantará.
Volverán a casa los rescatados por el Señor,
vendrán a Sión con cánticos de júbilo,
coronados de perpetua alegría;
serán su escolta el gozo y la dicha,
porque la pena y la aflicción habrán terminado”.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 145, 7. 8-9a. 9bc-10

R. (Is 35, 4) Ven, Señor, a salvarnos.
El Señor siempre es fiel a su palabra,
y es quien hace justicia al oprimido;
él proporciona pan a los hambrientos
y libera al cautivo.
R. Ven, Señor, a salvarnos.
Abre el Señor los ojos de los ciegos
y alivia al agobiado.
Ama el Señor al hombre justo
y toma al forastero a su cuidado.
R. Ven, Señor, a salvarnos.
A la viuda y al huérfano sustenta
y trastorna los planes del inicuo.
Reina el Señor eternamente.
Reina tu Dios, oh Sión, reina por siglos.
R. Ven, Señor, a salvarnos.


Segunda lectura

Sant 5, 7-10

Hermanos: Sean pacientes hasta la venida del Señor. Vean cómo el labrador, con la esperanza de los frutos preciosos de la tierra, aguarda pacientemente las lluvias tempraneras y las tardías. Aguarden también ustedes con paciencia y mantengan firme el ánimo, porque la venida del Señor está cerca.

No murmuren, hermanos, los unos de los otros, para que el día del juicio no sean condenados. Miren que el juez ya está a la puerta. Tomen como ejemplo de paciencia en el sufrimiento a los profetas, los cuales hablaron en nombre del Señor.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Is 61, 1

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
El Espíritu del Señor está sobre mí.
Me ha enviado para anunciar la buena nueva a los pobres.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mt 11, 2-11

En aquel tiempo, Juan se encontraba en la cárcel, y habiendo oído hablar de las obras de Cristo, le mandó preguntar por medio de dos discípulos: “¿Eres tú el que ha de venir o tenemos que esperar a otro?”

Jesús les respondió: “Vayan a contar a Juan lo que están viendo y oyendo: los ciegos ven, los cojos andan, los leprosos quedan limpios de la lepra, los sordos oyen, los muertos resucitan y a los pobres se les anuncia el Evangelio. Dichoso aquel que no se sienta defraudado por mí”.

Cuando se fueron los discípulos, Jesús se puso a hablar a la gente acerca de Juan: “¿Qué fueron ustedes a ver en el desierto? ¿Una caña sacudida por el viento? No. Pues entonces, ¿qué fueron a ver? ¿A un hombre lujosamente vestido? No, ya que los que visten con lujo habitan en los palacios. ¿A qué fueron, pues? ¿A ver a un profeta? Sí, yo se lo aseguro; y a uno que es todavía más que profeta. Porque de él está escrito: He aquí que yo envío a mi mensajero para que vaya delante de ti y te prepare el camino. Yo les aseguro que no ha surgido entre los hijos de una mujer ninguno más grande que Juan el Bautista. Sin embargo, el más pequeño en el Reino de los cielos, es todavía más grande que él”.

Third Sunday of Advent – December 15 2019 – Gaudete Sunday*

*The third Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete” Sunday (coming from the first word of the Latin Entrance Antiphon for this day, meaning “Rejoice”) and the liturgical color may be rose instead of purple. This is the Church’s way of further heightening our expectation as we draw ever nearer the Solemnity of Christmas.

Reading 1IS 35:1-6A, 10

The desert and the parched land will exult;
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
they will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee.

Responsorial PsalmPS 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10.

R. (cf. Is 35:4)  Lord, come and save us.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD God keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Lord, come and save us.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Lord, come and save us.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations.
R. Lord, come and save us.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2JAS 5:7-10

Be patient, brothers and sisters,
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient.
Make your hearts firm,
because the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,
that you may not be judged.
Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.
Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,
the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

AlleluiaIS 61:1 (CITED IN LK 4:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

St. John the Baptist visited in Prison by Two Disciples
Giovani di Paolo
Sienna, 1455-`1460

GospelMT 11:2-11

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

As they were going off,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
“What did you go out to the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see?
Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out?  To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.

Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

*Gaudete Sunday: 11 things to know and share . . .Jimmy Akin (taken from National Catholic Register

The third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday.”

In the readings, we hear about miracles associated with the Messianic age, its coming, and what we need to do to prepare.

We also learn about the doubts of John the Baptist, how he dealt with them, and the blessing that makes us even more fortunate than John was.

Here are 11 things to know and share . . .

1) Why is the third Sunday of Advent known as Gaudete Sunday?

Its name is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass, which is:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Indeed, the Lord is near.

This is a quotation from Philippians 4:4-5, and in Latin, the first word of the antiphon is gaudete (Latin, “rejoice”; it’s also pronounced with three syllables: gau-de-te)

2) What significance does this have?

Advent is the season of preparing for the arrival of the Lord Jesus (both his first coming and his second coming), and by the third Sunday of Advent, we are most of the way through the season.

Thus it is appropriate to rejoice as we see the goal of the season approaching: “The Lord is near.”

3) What is the appropriate liturgical color for this day?

According to the rubrics:

In this mass the color violet or rose is used.

It can thus be either one. It doesn’t have to be rose; it can also be violet.

4) What does the first reading say?

The first reading is Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. (You can read it here.)

It opens with a prophecy that the desert region will rejoice and sing and bloom with abundant flowers.

The reason is: “They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.”

It then contains an exhortation to strength and courage, and explains the reason why:

Here is your God, he comes with vindication;

with divine recompense he comes to save you.

It then contains the significant statement:

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared;

then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.

And it concludes:

Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy;

they will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.

5) What does this mean?

This prophecy uses nature imagery to convey the sense of joy that the Jewish people would experience upon their return from exile.

This is what is meant by the statements that the desert will sing and be covered with flowers that “see the glory of the Lord.”

It depicts God’s coming with vindication to save his people after their exile, and it depicts urges patience until it arrives.

It portrays God working miracles among his people, such as healing the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the mute.

It promises that he will bring back those he has ransomed and give them everlasting joy, from which sorrow and mourning will flee.

Taken up into the Christological realm, this passage points to the joy of those God redeems through Jesus from their sins and the deliverance and spiritual homeland that he provides.

It contains elements that point forward to both the first advent of Christ—when he performed miracles such as curing the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the mute.

And it contains elements that point forward to the ultimate consummation that will occur with his second advent, when “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

6) What does the responsorial Psalm say?

The responsorial Psalm is Psalm 146:6-10. (You can read it here.)

It contains a series of praises of God, stressing the good things that he does: He keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, sets captives free, etc.

Among the notable things that the Psalm declares is this:

The Lord gives sight to the blind.

The reading concludes:

The LORD shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations.

7) What does this mean?

The Psalm gives voice to the worship of God’s faithful on behalf of his wondrous deeds, including miracles, such as the restoration of sight to blind people.

This particular miracle was also mentioned in the third reading, and it will become significant again in the Gospel reading.

The conclusion of the reading—the statement that God will reign forever—gives voice to our confidence in God and his ever-present providence in our lives.

On a Christological level, it also points to the eternal reign of the Son, which has been inaugurated with the first coming and which will be consummated at the second coming.

8) What does the second reading say?

The second reading is James 5:7-10. (You can read it here.)

It contains an exhortation to be patient until the coming of the Lord.

James compares the patience the reader must have to that of a farmer, who must wait until his crop “receives the early and the late rains.”

As in the Psalm for today, James exhorts the readers to strength and courage (“Make your hearts firm”) because “the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

He also tells them not to complain about each other, that they may not be judged.

Finally, he tells them that the Judge is standing before the gates and that they should follow the prophets as an example of hardship and patience.

9) What does this mean?

Rain did not fall year-round in Israel, but only at certain times. The early rains took place from mid-October to mid-November, and later rains took place from mid-December to mid-January. There were also rains in March and April.

Farmers were thus dependent on the arrival of these rains for the success of their crops and had to wait patiently for the rains to come and the crops to ripen.

The prophets, likewise, had to endure hardship and patience, particularly because their prophetic mission caused opposition—just as the Christian message did (and does).

These facts make both the farmers and the prophets models of patience and endurance for Christians in James’s day—and in ours.

Ultimately, God will reward our faith and patience, but we must be prepared to wait and to endure hardship.

As we do so, we must live in harmony with each other. One manifestation of this is resisting the urge to complain about each other, for in the way we judge others, we too will be judged. (That is, if we are unmerciful to others, we will obtain less mercy for ourselves.)

This latter statement is noteworthy because of how well it harmonizes with things Jesus says. James does not directly quote his kinsman, Jesus, in his letter, but as this passage shows, his thought was permeated by that of Christ.

10) What does the Gospel reading say?

The Gospel reading is Matthew 11:2-11. (You can read it here.)

The reading contains two parts.

In the first, John the Baptist, who is in prison, sends messengers to Jesus to ask “Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?”

Jesus replies by telling them to report to John what they have seen:

the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.

He adds:

And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

In the second part of the reading, as the messengers are preparing to leave, Jesus pays tribute to John the Baptist by asking the crowd a series of rhetorical questions about why they went out into the desert to see John when he was ministering.

The implied answer to the questions is “no” (no, they did not go out to see a reed shaken by the wind or someone dressed in fine clothing) until he names going out to see a prophet.

At this point Jesus affirms that they did go out to see a prophet, “and more than a prophet.”

He then identifies why John is more than a prophet: He is the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1, in which it is said:

Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.

Finally, Jesus states:

Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist;

yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

11) What does this mean?

The Jewish people in Jesus’ day had certain ideas about what the Messiah would be like and what he would do.

It was common to envision him as an earthly king who would deliver Israel from the dominion of the hated Romans by violent revolution.

John the Baptist may have shared some of this expectation, for even though he had received a revelation pointing to Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:30-34).

Despite this revelation, Jesus’ subsequent actions (his failure to start a revolution?) apparently caused John to question whether Jesus was the Messiah.

Rather than lose faith or let his doubts eat away at him, John decided to confront the issue directly, and so he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if his understanding of Jesus’ Messiaship was correct.

Jesus indicated that it was, pointing to the fact that he had been fulfilling the predicted miracles and the preaching of the good news proper to the Messianic age.

One of these miracles was the recovery of sight to the blind (already mentioned in the first reading and the responsorial Psalm).

Jesus then states that those who do not take offense at him (i.e., who do not reject him) are blessed.

In the original context, it applies to John the Baptist (he will be blessed for maintaining faith in Jesus, despite his doubts).

The same principle, however, applies to us as well.

As John’s messengers are departing, Jesus pays tribute to their master, stating that he was a genuine prophet—and even more than that—he was the messenger prophesied in Malachi, who would be the herald of the Messiah.

This makes him the greatest prophet of all, which is why Jesus says that among those born of women, none has been greater than John.

Despite this, Jesus states that “the least in the kingdom of heaven” is even greater.

In this context, the kingdom of heaven is understood in its earthly manifestation as the Church, in the Christian age, which John did not live to see.

Every Christian—man, woman, and child—is more blessed than John because we didn’t just get to herald him. We get to live in the age he inaugurated, to share in its many blessings, and to be part of his mystical Body.

(That also goes for his mother, Mary, incidentally).

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12, 2019

Reading 1ZEC 2:14-17

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,
and he will again choose Jerusalem.
Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

OrRV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB

God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.  
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.”

Responsorial PsalmJUDITH 13:18BCDE, 19

R.(15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise;
from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:26-38

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.

OrLK 1:39-47

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,
“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.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

Here are some videos of our celebrations in 2014 to enjoy! Thank you to all who participated!

Fr. Tekle Dini
Carismatico Catolico Mass

Jospehina Robles & Mateo Guzman

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe – 12 De Diciembre 2019

Primera lectura

Za 2, 14-17

“Canta de gozo y regocíjate, Jerusalén,
pues vengo a vivir en medio de ti, dice el Señor.
Muchas naciones se unirán al Señor en aquel día;
ellas también serán mi pueblo
y yo habitaré en medio de ti
y sabrás que el Señor de los ejércitos
me ha enviado a ti.
El Señor tomará nuevamente a Judá
como su propiedad personal en la tierra santa
y Jerusalén volverá a ser la ciudad elegida”.

¡Que todos guarden silencio ante el Señor,
pues él se levanta ya de su santa morada!

O bien:

Ap 11, 19; 12, 1-6. 10

Se abrió el templo de Dios en el cielo y dentro de él se vio el arca de la alianza. Apareció entonces en el cielo una figura prodigiosa: una mujer envuelta por el sol, con la luna bajo sus pies y con una corona de doce estrellas en la cabeza. Estaba encinta y a punto de dar a luz y gemía con los dolores del parto.

Pero apareció también en el cielo otra figura: un enorme dragón, color de fuego, con siete cabezas y diez cuernos, y una corona en cada una de sus siete cabezas. Con su cola barrió la tercera parte de las estrellas del cielo y las arrojó sobre la tierra. Después se detuvo delante de la mujer que iba a dar a luz, para devorar a su hijo, en cuanto éste naciera. La mujer dio a luz un hijo varón, destinado a gobernar todas las naciones con cetro de hierro; y su hijo fue llevado hasta Dios y hasta su trono. Y la mujer huyó al desierto, a un lugar preparado por Dios.

Entonces oí en el cielo una voz poderosa, que decía: “Ha sonado la hora de la victoria de nuestro Dios, de su dominio y de su reinado, y del poder de su Mesías”.


Salmo Responsorial

Jdt 13, 18bcde. 19

R. (15, 9d) Tú eres la honra de nuestro pueblo.
Que el Altísimo te bendiga,
más que a todas las mujeres de la tierra.
Bendito sea el Señor, creador de cielo y la tierra.
R. (15, 9d) Tú eres la honra de nuestro pueblo.
Hoy el Señor te ha engrandecido tanto,
que no dejarán de alabarte aquellos hombres
que se acuerdan en la tierra del poder de Dios.
R. (15, 9d) Tú eres la honra de nuestro pueblo.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Dichosa tú, santísima Virgen María,
y digna de toda alabanza,
porque de ti nació el sol de justicia,
Jesucristo, nuestro Dios.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Lc 1, 26-38

En aquel tiempo, el ángel Gabriel fue enviado por Dios a una ciudad de Galilea, llamada Nazaret, a una virgen desposada con un varón de la estirpe de David, llamado José. La virgen se llamaba María.

Entró el ángel a donde ella estaba y le dijo: “Alégrate, llena de gracia, el Señor está contigo”. Al oír estas palabras, ella se preocupó mucho y se preguntaba qué querría decir semejante saludo.

El ángel le dijo: “No temas, María, porque has hallado gracia ante Dios. Vas a concebir y a dar a luz un hijo y le pondrás por nombre Jesús. Él será grande y será llamado Hijo del Altísimo; el Señor Dios le dará el trono de David, su padre, y él reinará sobre la casa de Jacob por los siglos y su reinado no tendrá fin”.

María le dijo entonces al ángel: “¿Cómo podrá ser esto, puesto que yo permanezco virgen?” El ángel le contestó: “El Espíritu Santo descenderá sobre ti y el poder del Altísimo te cubrirá con su sombra. Por eso, el Santo, que va a nacer de ti, será llamado Hijo de Dios. Ahí tienes a tu parienta Isabel, que a pesar de su vejez, ha concebido un hijo y ya va en el sexto mes la que llamaban estéril, porque no hay nada imposible para Dios”. María contestó: “Yo soy la esclava del Señor; cúmplase en mí lo que me has dicho”. Y el ángel se retiró de su presencia.


O bien:

Lc 1, 39-48

En aquellos días, María se encaminó presurosa a un pueblo de las montañas de Judea, y entrando en la casa de Zacarías, saludó a Isabel. En cuanto ésta oyó el saludo de María, la creatura saltó en su seno.

Entonces Isabel quedó llena del Espíritu Santo, y levantando la voz, exclamó: “¡Bendita tú entre las mujeres y bendito el fruto de tu vientre! ¿Quién soy yo, para que la Madre de mi Señor venga a verme? Apenas llegó tu saludo a mis oídos, el niño saltó de gozo en mi seno. Dichosa tú, que has creído, porque se cumplirá cuanto te fue anunciado de parte del Señor”.

Entonces dijo María: “Mi alma glorifica al Señor y mi espíritu se llena de júbilo en Dios, mi Salvador, porque puso sus ojos en la humildad de su esclava”.

Forgive me for putting this in English but my Spanish is too poor! These are videos from past Guadalupe feasts at St. Elizabeth, it’s fun to see how the kids are now grown into teenagers and young adults – and we grownups are still here! God bless!

Second Sunday of Advent – December 8 2019

Second Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 4

Reading 1IS 11:1-10

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
a spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
but he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
the calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
On that day, the root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
the Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial PsalmPS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (cf. 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.
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.
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.
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.

Reading 2ROM 15:4-9

Brothers and sisters:
Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction,
that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
May the God of endurance and encouragement
grant you to think in harmony with one another,
in keeping with Christ Jesus,
that with one accord you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you,
for the glory of God.
For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised
to show God’s truthfulness,
to confirm the promises to the patriarchs,
but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
As it is written:
Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles
and sing praises to your name.

AlleluiaLK 3:4, 6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 3:1-12

Fra Angelico, Madonna with Jesus and John the Baptist

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Veronese 1562
St. John the Baptist Preaching
Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy
Paolo Veronese Maddona and Child with St. John the Baptist
Paolo Veronese
1562-64
Oil on canvas, 341 x 193 cm
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
Enthroned Madonna and Child, with the Infant St John the Baptist and Saints.
The saints represented in this altarpiece (called Pala di San Zaccaria) are Joseph, Jerome, Justina of Padua and Francis. The young John the Baptist stands at the meeting point of the two compositional diagonals formed by the figures of St. Joseph, St Francis and St Jerome,

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – December 9, 2019

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: Mass is at 9:00 AM. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 No mass on Tuesday.

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R.(1) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

Reading 2EPH 1:3-6, 11-12

Brothers and sisters:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.

AlleluiaSEE LK 1:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:26-38

Fra Filippo Lippi Annunciation

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.

O Mary Immaculate,
we gather around you once again.
The more we go on in life
the more our gratitude to God increases
for giving to us as a mother, we that are sinners,
You, who are the Immaculate.
Among all human beings, you are the only one
preserved from sin, as the mother of Jesus
Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
But this your unique privilege
it was given to you for the sake of us all, your children.
In fact, looking at you, we see the victory of Christ,
the victory of God’s love over evil:
where sin abounded, that is, in the human heart,
grace overflowed,
for the gentle power of the Blood of Jesus.
You, Mother, remind us that, yes, we are sinners,
but we are no longer slaves to sin!
Your Son, with his Sacrifice,
He broke the dominion of evil, He won the world.
Your heart tells this to all generations
as clear as the sky where the wind has dispeled every cloud.

And so you remind us that it’s not the same thing
to be sinners and to be corrupt: it is very different.
It is one thing to fall, but then, repent, confess it
and rise again with the help of God’s mercy.
Another thing is the hypocritical connivance with evil,
the corruption of the heart, which is impeccable outside,
but inside is full of evil intentions and petty selfishness.
Your clear purity recalls us to sincerity,
to transparency, to simplicity.
How much we need to be released
from the corruption of the heart, which is the most serious danger!
This seems impossible to us, we are so inured,
and instead it is at hand. Enough
to raise our eyes to your Mother’s smile, to your pristine beauty,
to feel again that we are not made for evil,
but for good, for love, for God!

For this, O Virgin Mary,
today I entrust to you all those who, in this city
and in the whole world, are oppressed by distrust,
by discouragement due to sin;
those who think that for them there is no more hope,
that their faults are too many and too great,
and that God has no time to waste with them.
I entrust them to you, because you are not only a mother,
and as such you never stop loving your children,
but you are also the Immaculate, full of grace,
and you can reflect right into the deepest darkness
a ray of the light of the Risen Christ.
He, and He alone, breaks the chains of evil,
free from the most relentless addictions,
dissolves from the most criminal ties,
softens the most hardened hearts.
And if this happens inside people,
how the face of the city changes!
In small gestures and in great choices,
vicious circles become virtuous little by little,
the quality of life becomes better
and the most breathable social climate.

The following is excerpted from the Catholic News Agency

This prayer was written by Pope Francis and presented today in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary on the Plaza di Spagna:

We thank you, Immaculate Mother,
for reminding us that, by the love of Jesus Christ,
we are no longer slaves to sin,
but free, free to love, to love each other,
to help each other as brothers, even if different from us.
Thank you for encouraging us with your candor
not to be ashamed of good, but of evil;
help us to keep the evil one away from us,
who with deceit draws us to himself, into the coils of death;
give us the sweet memory that we are children of God,
the Father of immense goodness,
the eternal source of life, beauty and love. Amen.

II Domingo de Adviento – 8 De Diciembre 2019

Primera lectura

Is 11, 1-10

En aquel día, brotará un renuevo del tronco de Jesé,
un vástago florecerá de su raíz.
Sobre él se posará el espíritu del Señor,
espíritu de sabiduría e inteligencia,
espíritu de consejo y fortaleza,
espíritu de piedad y temor de Dios.

No juzgará por apariencias,
ni sentenciará de oídas;
defenderá con justicia al desamparado
y con equidad dará sentencia al pobre;
herirá al violento con el látigo de su boca,
con el soplo de sus labios matará al impío.
Será la justicia su ceñidor,
la fidelidad apretará su cintura.

Habitará el lobo con el cordero,
la pantera se echará con el cabrito,
el novillo y el león pacerán juntos
y un muchachito los apacentará.
La vaca pastará con la osa
y sus crías vivirán juntas.
El león comerá paja con el buey.

El niño jugará sobre el agujero de la víbora;
la creatura meterá la mano en el escondrijo de la serpiente.
No harán daño ni estrago por todo mi monte santo,
porque así como las aguas colman el mar,
así está lleno el país de la ciencia del Señor.
Aquel día la raíz de Jesé se alzará
como bandera de los pueblos,
la buscarán todas las naciones
y será gloriosa su morada.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 71, 1-2. 7-8. 12-13. 17

R. (cf. 7) Ven, Señor, rey de justicia y de paz.
Comunica, Señor, al rey tu juicio
y tu justicia, al que es hijo de reyes;
así tu siervo saldrá en defensa de tus pobres
y regirá a tu pueblo justamente.
R. Ven, Señor, rey de justicia y de paz.
Florecerá en sus días la justicia
y reinará la paz, era tras era.
De mar a mar se extenderá su reino
y de un extremo al otro de la tierra. 
R. Ven, Señor, rey de justicia y de paz.
Al débil librará del poderoso
y ayudará al que se encuentra sin amparo;
se apiadará del desvalido y pobre
y salvará la vida al desdichado.
R. Ven, Señor, rey de justicia y de paz.
Que bendigan al Señor eternamente
y tanto como el sol, viva su nombre.
Que sea la bendición del mundo entero
y lo aclamen dichoso las naciones.
R. Ven, Señor, rey de justicia y de paz.


Segunda lectura

Rom 15, 4-9

Hermanos: Todo lo que en el pasado ha sido escrito en los libros santos, se escribió para instrucción nuestra, a fin de que, por la paciencia y el consuelo que dan las Escrituras, mantengamos la esperanza.

Que Dios, fuente de toda paciencia y consuelo, les conceda a ustedes vivir en perfecta armonía unos con otros, conforme al espíritu de Cristo Jesús, para que, con un solo corazón y una sola voz alaben a Dios, Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

Por lo tanto, acójanse los unos a los otros como Cristo los acogió a ustedes, para gloria de Dios. Quiero decir con esto, que Cristo se puso al servicio del pueblo judío, para demostrar la fidelidad de Dios, cumpliendo las promesas hechas a los patriarcas y que por su misericordia los paganos alaban a Dios, según aquello que dice la Escritura: Por eso te alabaré y cantaré himnos a tu nombre.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Lc 3, 4. 6

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Preparen el camino del Señor, hagan rectos sus senderos,
y todos los hombres verán al Salvador.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mt 3, 1-12

En aquel tiempo, comenzó Juan el Bautista a predicar en el desierto de Judea, diciendo: “Arrepiéntanse, porque ya está cerca el Reino de los cielos”. Juan es aquel de quien el profeta Isaías hablaba, cuando dijo: Una voz clama en el desierto: Preparen el camino del Señor, enderecen sus senderos.

Juan usaba una túnica de pelo de camello, ceñida con un cinturón de cuero, y se alimentaba de saltamontes y de miel silvestre. Acudían a oírlo los habitantes de Jerusalén, de toda Judea y de toda la región cercana al Jordán; confesaban sus pecados y él los bautizaba en el río.

Al ver que muchos fariseos y saduceos iban a que los bautizara, les dijo: “Raza de víboras, ¿quién les ha dicho que podrán escapar al castigo que les aguarda? Hagan ver con obras su conversión y no se hagan ilusiones pensando que tienen por padre a Abraham, porque yo les aseguro que hasta de estas piedras puede Dios sacar hijos de Abraham. Ya el hacha está puesta a la raíz de los árboles, y todo árbol que no dé fruto, será cortado y arrojado al fuego.

Yo los bautizo con agua, en señal de que ustedes se han convertido; pero el que viene después de mí, es más fuerte que yo, y yo ni siquiera soy digno de quitarle las sandalias. Él los bautizará en el Espíritu Santo y su fuego. Él tiene el bieldo en su mano para separar el trigo de la paja. Guardará el trigo en su granero y quemará la paja en un fuego que no se extingue”.

Veronese 1562
St. John the Baptist Preaching
Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy
Paolo Veronese Maddona with Child and St. John the Baptist
Paolo Veronese
1562-64
Oil on canvas, 341 x 193 cm
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
Enthroned Madonna and Child, with the Infant St John the Baptist and Saints.
The saints represented in this altarpiece (called Pala di San Zaccaria) are Joseph, Jerome, Justina of Padua and Francis. The young John the Baptist stands at the meeting point of the two compositional diagonals formed by the figures of St. Joseph, St Francis and St Jerome,