Readings for Monday 1st Week In Advent

First Reading
Is 4:2-6

There will be splendor for the survivors.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

On that day,
The branch of the LORD will be luster and glory,
   and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor
   for the survivors of Israel.
He who remains in Zion
   and he that is left in Jerusalem
Will be called holy:
   every one marked down for life in Jerusalem.
When the Lord washes away
   the filth of the daughters of Zion,
And purges Jerusalem’s blood from her midst
   with a blast of searing judgment,
Then will the LORD create,
   over the whole site of Mount Zion
   and over her place of assembly,
A smoking cloud by day
   and a light of flaming fire by night.
For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection:
   shade from the parching heat of day,
   refuge and cover from storm and rain.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. :

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 relatives 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.

Gospel Acclamation
See Psalm 80:4

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Come and save us, LORD our God;
let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved

R. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Mt 8:5-11

Many will come from the east and the west into the kingdom of heaven.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
   a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
   “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
   “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
   only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
   with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
   and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
   and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
   “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
   and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
   at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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