Readings for Wednesday 1st Week of Advent

First Reading
Is 25:6-10a

The LORD invites us to his feast and will wipe away the tears from all faces.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

On this mountain the LORD of hosts
   will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines,
   juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
   the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
   he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
   the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
   from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken.

   On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
   This is the LORD for whom we looked;
   let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

R. :

R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
   In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
   he refreshes my soul.

R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

He guides me in right paths
   for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
   I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
   that give me courage.

R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

You spread the table before me
   in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.

R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
   all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
   for years to come.

R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him.

R. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Mt 15:29-37

Jesus heals many and multiplies the bread.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
   went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
Great crowds came to him,
   having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
   and many others.
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
   the deformed made whole,
   the lame walking,
   and the blind able to see,
   and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said,
   “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
   for they have been with me now for three days
   and have nothing to eat.
I do not want to send them away hungry,
   for fear they may collapse on the way.”
The disciples said to him,
   “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
   to satisfy such a crowd?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish,
   gave thanks, broke the loaves,
   and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets full.

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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