Readings and Reflection for December 18, Saturday of the Third Week of Advent


“I will raise up for David” a righteous Branch. ”
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 23:5-8)

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when men shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm72:1-2.12-13.18-19(R. 7)
R/. In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever.

O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice
that he may judge your people in justice,
and your poor in right judgement. R/.

For he shall save the needy when they cry,
the poor, and those who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak and the needy,
and save the lives of the needy. R/.

R/. In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever.

Blest be the Lord, God of Israel,
Who alone works wonders,
Ever blest his glorious name.
Let his glory fill the earth. Amen! Amen! R/.

Alleluia. Alleluia. O Leader of the house of Israel! You gave the law to Moses son Sinai: come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. Alleluia.

Jesus was born of Mary, the betrothed of Joseph, a son of David.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 1:18-24)

The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Joseph’s situation is no difference from the situations we find ourselves from time to time. Like Joseph, we find ourselves sometimes torn between what our head is telling u and what our heart is prompting us. We are invited to have Joseph’s openness to the Lord’s guidance. Joseph received the Lord’s guidance through an angel, but his guidance could come to us through ordinary means, such as through those we confide in. their perspective on a situation we are struggling with can bring new light. We can also experience the Lord’s guidance through prayer. In prayer we allow the Lord to enlighten our minds and hearts to move forward in the light that he provides.


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