Readings for Wednesday 2nd Week of Advent

First Reading
Is 40:25-31

The Lord God is almighty and gives strength to the fainting.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

To whom can you liken me as an equal?
   says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
   and see who has created these things:
He leads out their army and numbers them,
   calling them all by name.
By his great might and the strength of his power
   not one of them is missing!
Why, O Jacob, do you say,
   and declare, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
   and my right is disregarded by my God?”

Do you not know
   or have you not heard?
The LORD is the eternal God,
   creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint nor grow weary,
   and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
He gives strength to the fainting;
   for the weak he makes vigor abound.
Though young men faint and grow weary,
   and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
   they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
   walk and not grow faint.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10

R. :

R. (1) O bless the Lord, my soul!

R. O bless the Lord, my soul!

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
   and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul!

He pardons all your iniquities,
   he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
   he crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul!

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
   slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
   nor does he requite us according to our crimes.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul!

Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

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

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who labor.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
   and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
   for I am meek and humble of heart;
   and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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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