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“The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the promise made to the patriarchs, the chosen people, called to prepare for that day when God would gather all his children into the unity of the Church. They would be the root on to which the Gentiles would be grafted, once they came to believe.”(CCC n. 60)

“El pueblo nacido de Abraham será el depositario de la promesa hecha a los patriarcas, el pueblo de la elección (cf. Rm 11,28), llamado a preparar la reunión un día de todos los hijos de Dios en la unidad de la Iglesia (cf. Jn 11,52; 10,16); ese pueblo será la raíz en la que serán injertados los paganos hechos creyentes (cf. Rm 11,17-18.24)”. (CCC 60)

Readings: Epiphany

Reading I: Is 60:1-6

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you: your sons come from afar, and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.

Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13.

  1. (cf. 11) Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
    the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
    All kings shall pay him homage,
    all nations shall serve him.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Reading II: Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6

Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation. It was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Alleluia: Mt 2:2

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We saw his star at its rising
    and have come to do him homage.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Mt 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.

Nativity of the Lord

 “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.” Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:

In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word – and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty. 

There will be no further Revelation”. (CCC n. 65)

Dios ha dicho todo en su Verbo

 “Muchas veces y de muchos modos habló Dios en el pasado a nuestros padres por medio de los profetas; en estos últimos tiempos nos ha hablado por su Hijo” (Hb 1,1-2). Cristo, el Hijo de Dios hecho hombre, es la Palabra única, perfecta e insuperable del Padre. En Él lo dice todo, no habrá otra palabra más que ésta. San Juan de la Cruz, después de otros muchos, lo expresa de manera luminosa, comentando Hb 1,1-2: 

“Porque en darnos, como nos dio a su Hijo, que es una Palabra suya, que no tiene otra, todo nos lo habló junto y de una vez en esta sola Palabra […]; porque lo que hablaba antes en partes a los profetas ya lo ha hablado todo en Él, dándonos al Todo, que es su Hijo. Por lo cual, el que ahora quisiese preguntar a Dios, o querer alguna visión o revelación, no sólo haría una necedad, sino haría agravio a Dios, no poniendo los ojos totalmente en Cristo, sin querer otra alguna cosa o novedad” (CIC n. 65)

Readings: Christmas

Reading I: Is 52:7-10 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!”

Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry, together they shout for joy, for they see directly, before their eyes, the LORD restoring Zion. Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6. 

  1. (3c)  All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    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. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    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. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    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. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
       with the harp and melodious song.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
       sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Reading II: Heb 1:1-6 

Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word. When he had accomplished purification from sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, as far superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say: You are my son; this day I have begotten you? Or again: I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me? And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says: Let all the angels of God worship him.


  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A holy day has dawned upon us.
    Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
    For today a great light has come upon the earth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Jn 1:1-18 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

First Sunday of Advent: November 28, 2021

God loves you and meets you where you are.

“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior.

In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.”  (CCC n. 1)

“Dios, infinitamente perfecto y bienaventurado en sí mismo, en un designio de pura bondad ha creado libremente al hombre para hacerle partícipe de su vida bienaventurada. Por eso, en todo tiempo y en todo lugar, se hace cercano del hombre: le llama y le ayuda a buscarle, a conocerle y a amarle con todas sus fuerzas. Convoca a todos los hombres, que el pecado dispersó, a la unidad de su familia, la Iglesia. Para lograrlo, llegada la plenitud de los tiempos, envió a su Hijo como Redentor y Salvador. En Él y por Él, llama a los hombres a ser, en el Espíritu Santo, sus hijos de adopción, y por tanto los herederos de su vida bienaventurada.” (CIC n. 1)

Readings: First Sunday of Advent

“To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.”

“Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.”

Reading I: Jer 33:14-16
“The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: “The LORD our justice.”

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

  1. (1b)  To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    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,
    and for you I wait all the day.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    Good and upright is the LORD;
    thus he shows sinners the way.
    He guides the humble to justice,
    and teaches the humble his way.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    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. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Reading II: 1 Thes 3:12—4:2
Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father  at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.  Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God and as you are conducting yourselves you do so even more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. Alleluia.

Ps 85:8
Alleluia, alleluia.
Show us, Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Questions for Reflection

  1. How do we come to know about God?
  2. Is there a desire in the human heart for God?  How is it revealed?
  3. St. Augustine: “Man’s heart is restless until it finds rest in God”. What does this mean?
  4. God is pure Spirit; how can we speak of him?  What are the limitations of our language?

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