Readings for December 23

First Reading
Mal 3:1-4, 23-24

I will send you Elijah, the prophet, before the day of the LORD comes.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi

Thus says the LORD GOD:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
   to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
   the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
   Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
   And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
   or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
   and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
   that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
   will please the LORD,
   as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Lo, I will send you
   Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes,
   the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
   and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
   the land with doom.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 And 14

R. :

R. (See Luke 21:28) Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
   teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are God my savior.

R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Good and upright is the LORD;
   thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
   he teaches the humble his way.

R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
   toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
   and his covenant, for their instruction.

R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church;
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 1:57-66

The birth of John the Baptist.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
   she gave birth to a son. 
Her neighbors and relatives heard
   that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
   and they rejoiced with her. 
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
   they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
   but his mother said in reply,
   “No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
   “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
   and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
   and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
   and all these matters were discussed
   throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
   “What, then, will this child be?
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”

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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