Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Saturday, 26th November, 2022
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Saturday, 34th in the final week, of the Liturgical year in Ordinary Time, Year 2, 2022
A reading from the Book of the Apocalypse 22:1-7
Theme: It will never be night because the Lord God will be shining on them.
The angel showed me, John, the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear down the middle of the city street. On either side of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the pagans.
The ban will be lifted. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in its place in the city; his servants will worship him, they will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever.
The angel said to me,
‘All that you have written is sure and will come true: the Lord God who gives the spirit to the prophets has sent his angel to reveal to his servants what is soon to take place. Very soon now, I shall be with you again.’
Happy are those who treasure the prophetic message of this book.’
Responsorial Psalm Ps 94
Response Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
1. Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord. Response
2. A mighty God is the Lord,
a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his.
To him belongs the sea, for he made it
and the dry land shaped by his hands. Response
3. Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. Response
Gospel Acclamation Mt 24: 42
Stay awake and stand ready, because you do not know the.
hour when the Son of Man is coming.
Or Lk 21: 28
Stand erect, hold your heads high,because your liberation is near at hand.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 21:34-36
Theme: Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen.
Jesus told his disciples:
‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap.
For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth.
Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.’
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Saturday Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 21:34-36
The season of Advent begins with the vigil Mass later on today. Today’s readings already have a very Advent feel to them, with the response to the psalm being the Advent prayer, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’ and the call of the gospel reading to ‘Stay awake, praying at all times.’ The mood of Advent is that of prayerful waiting. It must have been the mood of Mary as she waited for her son to be born. When she visited Elizabeth, having conceived Jesus in her womb, Elizabeth greeted her as ‘the mother of my Lord’. Mary had welcomed the Lord Jesus into her life by her ‘yes’ to God’s call to her through the angel Gabriel. Advent is a season when, like Mary, we welcome the Lord Jesus into our lives more fully. One way of giving expression to our desire to welcome Jesus into our lives more fully is by praying that Advent prayer, ‘Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!’
Even to spend a few minutes of each day of Advent quietly praying that prayer to ourselves would be a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas. According to Jesus in the gospel reading, whenever we pray we are given strength, which allows us to stand with confidence before the Son of Man. We all need inner, spiritual strength, especially in these uncertain times. The angel Gabriel promised Mary that the power of the Most High would overshadow her. As we wait prayerfully this Advent, we too will be overshadowed by the power and strength of the Most High. As we open ourselves to the coming of the Lord Jesus, our inner self will grow stronger, and we will be able to bring something of the Lord’s strength to others this Advent, especially to those most in need of it.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS 2022: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/