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,

Solemnidad la Inmaculada Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María – 9 De Diciembre 2019

Primera lectura

Gn 3, 9-15. 20

Después de que el hombre y la mujer comieron del fruto del árbol prohibido, el Señor Dios llamó al hombre y le preguntó: “¿Dónde estás?” Éste le respondió: “Oí tus pasos en el jardín; tuve miedo, porque estoy desnudo, y me escondí”. Entonces le dijo Dios: “¿Y quién te ha dicho que estabas desnudo? ¿Has comido acaso del árbol del que te prohibí comer?” Respondió Adán: “La mujer que me diste por compañera me ofreció del fruto del árbol y comí”. El Señor Dios dijo a la mujer: “¿Por qué has hecho esto?” Repuso la mujer: “La serpiente me engañó y comí”.

Entonces dijo el Señor Dios a la serpiente:
“Porque has hecho esto,
serás maldita entre todos los animales
y entre todas las bestias salvajes.
Te arrastrarás sobre tu vientre y comerás polvo
todos los días de tu vida.
Pondré enemistad entre ti y la mujer,
entre tu descendencia y la suya;
y su descendencia te aplastará la cabeza,
mientras tú tratarás de morder su talón”.

El hombre le puso a su mujer el nombre de “Eva”, porque ella fue la madre de todos los vivientes.


Salmo Responsorial

Sal 97, 1. 2-3ab. 3bc-4

R. (1a) Cantemos al Señor un canto nuevo,
pues ha hecho maravillas.

Cantemos al Señor un canto nuevo,
pues ha hecho maravillas:
Su diestra y su santo brazo
le han dado la victoria.
R. Cantemos al Señor un canto nuevo,
pues ha hecho maravillas.

El Señor ha dado a conocer su victoria
y ha revelado a las naciones su justicia.
Una vez más ha demostrado Dios
su amor y su lealtad hacia Israel.
R. Cantemos al Señor un canto nuevo,
pues ha hecho maravillas.

La tierra entera ha contemplado
la victoria de nuestro Dios.
Que todos los pueblos y naciones
aclamen con júbilo al Señor.
R. Cantemos al Señor un canto nuevo,
pues ha hecho maravillas.


Segunda Lectura

Ef 1, 3-6. 11-12

Bendito sea Dios, Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo,
que nos ha bendecido en él
con toda clase de bienes espirituales y celestiales.
Él nos eligió en Cristo, antes de crear el mundo,
para que fuéramos santos
e irreprochables a sus ojos, por el amor,
y determinó, porque así lo quiso,
que, por medio de Jesucristo, fuéramos sus hijos,
para que alabemos y glorifiquemos la gracia
con que nos ha favorecido por medio de su Hijo amado.

Con Cristo somos herederos también nosotros. Para esto estábamos destinados, por decisión del que lo hace todo según su voluntad: para que fuéramos una alabanza continua de su gloria, nosotros, los que ya antes esperábamos en Cristo.

Aclamación Antes del Evangelio

Cfr Lc 1, 28

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Dios te salve, María, llena de gracia, el Señor está contigo,
bendita tú entre las mujeres.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Fra Filippo Lippo Annunciation
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.

El Papa Francisco rezó a la Virgen, como cada 8 de diciembre, en la popular Plaza España de Roma, donde se encuentra el monumento a la Inmaculada Concepción, cuya Solemnidad se celebra hoy.
El Santo Padre llegó a la Plaza a las 3.50 p.m. (hora de Roma) después de haber ido a la Basílica de Santa María la Mayor, donde rezó brevemente ante el ícono de la Salus Populi Romani, patrona y protectora del pueblo romano. https://www.aciprensa.com/noticias/esta-es-la-emotiva-oracion-que-el-papa-francisco-rezo-ante-la-inmaculada-en-roma-57695

Oh María Inmaculada
nos reunimos una vez más a tu alrededor.
Cuanto más avanzamos en la vida,
más aumenta nuestra gratitud a Dios
por darnos como madre, a nosotros pecadores,
a Ti, que eres la Inmaculada.

Entre todos los seres humanos, eres la única
preservada del pecado, por ser la madre de Jesús,
Cordero de Dios que quita el pecado del mundo.

Pero este privilegio único
te fue dado por el bien de todos nosotros, tus hijos.
De hecho, mirándote, vemos la victoria de Cristo,
la victoria del amor de Dios sobre el mal:
donde abundaba el pecado, es decir, en el corazón humano,
sobreabundó la gracia,
por la mansa potencia de la Sangre de Jesús.

Tú, Madre, nos recuerdas que, sí, somos pecadores,
¡pero que ya no somos esclavos del pecado!
Tu hijo, con su Sacrificio,
rompió el dominio del mal, venció al mundo.
Esto narra tu corazón a todas las generaciones,
claro como el cielo donde el viento ha disipado toda nube.

Y así nos recuerdas que no es lo mismo
ser pecadores que ser corruptos: es muy diferente.
Una cosa es caer, y luego arrepentirse, confesarlo
y levantarse de nuevo con la ayuda de la misericordia de Dios.
Otra cosa es la connivencia hipócrita con el mal,
la corrupción del corazón, que se muestra impecable por fuera,
pero por dentro está lleno de malas intenciones y mezquino egoísmo.
Tu pureza clara nos llama a la sinceridad,
a la transparencia, a la simplicidad.
¡Cuánto necesitamos ser liberados
de la corrupción del corazón, que es el peligro más grave!

Esto nos parece imposible, de tan acostumbrados que estamos,
y en cambio está a la mano. ¡Basta levantar la mirada
a tu sonrisa de Madre, a tu belleza incontaminada,
para volver a sentir que no estamos hechos para el mal,
sino para el bien, para el amor, para Dios!

Por esto, oh Virgen María,
hoy te confío a todos los que, en esta ciudad
y en todo el mundo, están oprimidos por la desconfianza,
por el desánimo a causa del pecado;
aquellos que piensan que para ellos no hay más esperanza,
que sus faltas son demasiadas y demasiado grandes
y que Dios no tiene tiempo para perder con ellos.

Te los confío porque tú no solo eres madre
y como tal nunca dejas de amar a tus hijos,
sino que también eres la Inmaculada, la llena de gracia,
y puedes reflejar en la oscuridad más profunda
un rayo de luz de Cristo Resucitado.
Él, y solo Él, rompe las cadenas del mal,
libera de las adicciones más implacables,
desata los lazos más criminales,
suaviza los corazones más endurecidos.

Y si esto sucede dentro de las personas,
¡cómo cambia el rostro de la ciudad!
En los pequeños gestos y en las grandes opciones,
los círculos viciosos se vuelven poco a poco virtuosos,
la calidad de la vida mejora
y el clima social se vuelve más respirable.

Te agradecemos, Madre Inmaculada,
por recordarnos que, por el amor de Jesucristo,
ya no somos más esclavos del pecado,
sino libres, libres de amar, de querernos,
de ayudarnos como hermanos, aunque sean diferentes de nosotros.
Gracias porque, con tu candor, nos animas
a no avergonzarnos del bien, sino del mal;
nos ayudas a mantener alejado de nosotros al maligno,
que con el engaño nos atrae hacia sí, dentro de las agujas de la muerte;
nos das el dulce recuerdo de que somos hijos de Dios,
Padre de inmensa bondad,
fuente eterna de vida, belleza y amor.
Amén.

I Domingo de Adviento – 1° De Diciembre 2019

Fra Angelico Last Judgment

Primera lectura

Is 2, 1-5

Visión de Isaías, hijo de Amós, acerca de Judá y Jerusalén:
 En días futuros, el monte de la casa del Señor
será elevado en la cima de los montes,
encumbrado sobre las montañas,
y hacia él confluirán todas las naciones.

Acudirán pueblos numerosos, que dirán:
“Vengan, subamos al monte del Señor,
a la casa del Dios de Jacob,
para que él nos instruya en sus caminos
y podamos marchar por sus sendas.
Porque de Sión saldrá la ley,
de Jerusalén, la palabra del Señor”.

Él será el árbitro de las naciones
y el juez de pueblos numerosos.
De las espadas forjarán arados
y de las lanzas, podaderas;
ya no alzará la espada pueblo contra pueblo,
ya no se adiestrarán para la guerra.

¡Casa de Jacob, en marcha!
Caminemos a la luz del Señor.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 121, 1-2. 4-5. 6-7. 8-9

R. (cf. 1)  Vayamos con alegría al encuentro del Señor.
¡Qué alegría sentí, cuando me dijeron:
“Vayamos a la casa del Señor”!
Y hoy estamos aquí, Jerusalén,
jubilosos, delante de tus puertas.
R. Vayamos con alegría al encuentro del Señor.
A ti, Jerusalén, suben las tribus,
las tribus del Señor,
según lo que a Israel se le ha ordenado,
para alabar el nombre del Señor.
R. Vayamos con alegría al encuentro del Señor.
Digan de todo corazón: “Jerusalén,
que haya paz entre aquellos que te aman,
que haya paz dentro de tus murallas
y que reine la paz en cada casa.”
R. Vayamos con alegría al encuentro del Señor.
Por el amor que tengo a mis hermanos,
voy a decir: “La paz esté contigo”.
Y por la casa del Señor, mi Dios,
pediré para ti todos los bienes.
R. Vayamos con alegría al encuentro del Señor.


Segunda lectura

Rom 13, 11-14a

Hermanos: Tomen en cuenta el momento en que vivimos. Ya es hora de que se despierten del sueño, porque ahora nuestra salvación está más cerca que cuando empezamos a creer. La noche está avanzada y se acerca el día. Desechemos, pues, las obras de las tinieblas y revistámonos con las armas de la luz.

Comportémonos honestamente, como se hace en pleno día. Nada de comilonas ni borracheras, nada de lujurias ni desenfrenos, nada de pleitos ni envidias. Revístanse más bien, de nuestro Señor Jesucristo y que el cuidado de su cuerpo no dé ocasión a los malos deseos.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Sal 84, 8

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Muéstranos, Señor, tu misericordia
y danos tu salvación.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mt 24, 37-44

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “Así como sucedió en tiempos de Noé, así también sucederá cuando venga el Hijo del hombre. Antes del diluvio, la gente comía, bebía y se casaba, hasta el día en que Noé entró en el arca. Y cuando menos lo esperaban, sobrevino el diluvio y se llevó a todos. Lo mismo sucederá cuando venga el Hijo del hombre. Entonces, de dos hombres que estén en el campo, uno será llevado y el otro será dejado; de dos mujeres que estén juntas moliendo trigo, una será tomada y la otra dejada.

Velen, pues, y estén preparados, porque no saben qué día va a venir su Señor. Tengan por cierto que si un padre de familia supiera a qué hora va a venir el ladrón, estaría vigilando y no dejaría que se le metiera por un boquete en su casa. También ustedes estén preparados, porque a la hora que menos lo piensen, vendrá el Hijo del hombre”.

First Sunday in Advent – December 1, 2019

Reading 1IS 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Responsorial PsalmPS 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
May those who love you prosper!
May peace be within your walls,
prosperity in your buildings.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Because of my brothers and friends
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
Because of the house of the LORD, our God,
I will pray for your good.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Reading 2ROM 13:11-14

Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

AlleluiaCF. PS 85:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Show us Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

For the benefit of our loved ones who are far away we post videos of some of the masses this week end.

Lighting the Advent Wreathe Candle for the First Sunday in Advent at St. Catherine of Siena
Advent Proclamation
Let Us Go Rejoicing
On that Holy Mountain
Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel

In his homily today Fr. Luis described meeting a man who had a very negative attitude towards Thanksgiving. The man said his kids didn’t really like him and his grandkids just played with their electronics. Advent gives us an opportunity to avoid this syndrome – the alienation and loneliness of modern life – by drawing closer to God and learning to let God use us.

Secular society tells us that material things will bring us happiness, but as the man in the story shows, the things can become barriers to love. Make time in your “busy” schedule for prayer and rethink the concept of being busy. Is it a good thing? Is it really necessary? Today’s gospel speaks of being “awake.” If we make time for prayer, a whole new awareness, a state of being “awake” is the reward.

Jueves de la XXXIV semana del Tiempo ordinario – 28 de Noviembre 2019

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Day on the river!

Primera lectura

Dn 6, 12-28

En aquellos días, unos hombres fueron a espiar a Daniel y lo sorprendieron haciendo oración a su Dios. Entonces fueron a decirle al rey Darío: “Señor, ¿no has firmado tú un decreto, que prohibe, durante treinta días, hacer oración a cualquier dios u hombre que no seas tú, bajo pena de ser arrojado al foso de los leones?”

El rey contestó: “El decreto está en vigor, como ley irrevocable para medos y persas”. Ellos le replicaron: “Pues Daniel, uno de los desterrados de Judea, no ha obedecido el decreto que firmaste, porque tres veces al día hace oración a su Dios”.

Al oír estas palabras, el rey se afligió mucho, se propuso salvar a Daniel y hasta la puesta del sol estuvo buscando el modo de librarlo. Pero aquellos hombres, comprendiendo que el rey quería salvar a Daniel, le urgían diciéndole: “Señor, tú sabes que, según la ley de medos y persas, un decreto real es irrevocable”.

Entonces el rey ordenó que trajeran a Daniel y lo arrojaran al foso de los leones. Pero le dijo a Daniel: “Tu Dios, a quien sirves con perseverancia, te va a librar”.

Trajeron una piedra, taparon con ella la entrada del foso y el rey la sello con su sello y con el de sus funcionarios, para que nadie pudiera modificar la sentencia dada en contra de Daniel. Después el rey se volvió a su palacio y se pasó la noche sin probar bocado y sin poder dormir.

Al amanecer, se levantó y se dirigió a toda prisa al foso de los leones. Ya cerca del foso le gritó angustiado a Daniel: “Daniel, siervo del Dios vivo, ¿ha podido salvarte de los leones tu Dios, a quien veneras fielmente?” Daniel le contestó: “Viva siempre el rey. Mi Dios envió a sus ángeles para cerrar las fauces de los leones y no me han hecho nada, porque ante él soy inocente, como lo soy también ante ti”.

El rey se alegró mucho y mandó que sacaran a Daniel del foso; al sacarlo, vieron que no tenía ni un rasguño, porque había confiado en su Dios. Luego ordenó que trajeran a los que habían acusado a Daniel y los arrojaran al foso de los leones con sus hijos y sus esposas. No habían llegado al suelo y ya los leones los habían atrapado y despedazado.

Entonces el rey Darío escribió a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas de la tierra: “Paz y bienestar. Ordeno y mando que en mi imperio, todos respeten y teman al Dios de Daniel.
Él es el Dios vivo,
que permanece para siempre.
Su reino no será destruido,
su imperio durará hasta el fin.
Él salva y libra,
obra prodigios y señales en el cielo y en la tierra.
Él salvó a Daniel de los leones”.


Salmo Responsorial

Daniel 3, 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74

R. (59b) Bendito seas para siempre, Señor.
Rocíos y nevadas, bendigan al Señor.
Hielo y frío, bendigan al Señor.
Heladas y nieves, bendigan al Señor.
R. Bendito seas para siempre, Señor.
Noches y días, bendigan al Señor.
Luz y tinieblas, bendigan al Señor.
R. Bendito seas para siempre, Señor.
Rayos y nubes, bendigan al Señor.
Tierra, bendice al Señor.
R. Bendito seas para siempre, Señor.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Lc 21, 28

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Estén atentos y levanten la cabeza,
porque se acerca la hora de su liberación, dice el Señor.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Andrea di Bonaiuto, THE WAY OF SALVATION, Spanish Chapel, Santa Maria Novella. Painting depicts the triumph of Christ, the Redeemer of mankind, whose grace saves the world through the intermediary of the Church and, more specifically, of the Order of Friars Preachers. (from November issue of MAGNIFICAT.)
Lc 21, 20-28

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “Cuando vean a Jerusalén sitiada por un ejército, sepan que se aproxima su destrucción. Entonces, los que estén en Judea, que huyan a los montes; los que estén en la ciudad, que se alejen de ella; los que estén en
el campo, que no vuelvan a la ciudad; porque esos días serán de castigo para que se cumpla todo lo que está escrito.

¡Pobres de las que estén embarazadas y de las que estén criando en aquellos días! Porque vendrá una gran calamidad sobre el país y el castigo de Dios se descargará contra este pueblo. Caerán al filo de la espada, serán llevados cautivos a todas las  naciones y Jerusalén será pisoteada por los paganos, hasta que se cumpla el plazo que Dios les ha señalado.

Habrá señales prodigiosas en el sol, en la luna y en las estrellas. En la tierra las naciones se llenarán de angustia y de miedo por el estruendo de las olas del mar; la gente se morirá de terror y de angustiosa espera por las cosas que vendrán sobre el mundo, pues hasta las estrellas se bambolearán. Entonces verán venir al Hijo del hombre en una nube, con gran poder y majestad. Cuando estas cosas comiencen a suceder, pongan atención y levanten la cabeza, porque se acerca la hora de su liberación”.