Readings for the Second Week of Advent

To reach God’s holy mountain there’s a journey to make, Isaiah says in our readings for this week, but there will be guides to show the way. “Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you, to prepare your way.”( Mark 1, 1) 

John the Baptist appears in the desert promising forgiveness and hope to those washing in the waters of the Jordan River. The waters of baptism give us hope too.

The Old Testament readings this Advent week, mostly from Isaiah, describe a desert journey, but the desert will bloom and a highway will be there, the prophet promises. (Monday) God will speak tender, comforting words to his people on the way. (Tuesday) Those who hope in him will renew their strength, soaring on eagle’s wings. (Wednesday) Though we are as insignificant as a worm, God holds us in his hands and says:“Fear not; I am with you.” (Thursday) God is our teacher and shows us the way to go. (Friday) On the way, prophets like Elijah accompany us. (Saturday)

Jesus is our way, the gospel readings for the week say. He healed and forgave the paralyzed man– symbol of a paralyzed humanity– who was lowered through the roof into the house in Capernaum. (Monday) Like a good shepherd he searches for and finds the stray sheep. (Tuesday) “Come to me all who are weary, ” he says. (Wednesday) He sends us prophets and guides like John the Baptist and Elijah.( Thursday) Though rejected like John the Baptist, Jesus still teaches. (Friday) Jesus is our savior, even though he is unrecognized like John and Elijah. (Saturday)

Readings

December 6 SUN SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Is 40:1-5, 9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8 

7 Mon Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Memorial  Is 35:1-10/Lk 5:17-26 

8 Tue THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38

9 Wed Advent Weekday

[Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin]

Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30 

10 Thu Advent Weekday

[Our Lady of Loreto]

Is 41:13-20/Mt 11:11-15 

11 Fri Advent Weekday

[Saint Damasus I, Pope]

Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19 

12 Sat USA: Our Lady of Guadalupe. Feast

Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47

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