The Scriptures Today

Tuesday, December 06, 2022


FIRST READING

Isaiah 40:1-11 

Console my people, console them’ says your God. ‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for, that she has received from the hand of the Lord double punishment for all her crimes.’ 

 

A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord. Make a straight highway for our God across the desert. Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low.

 

Let every cliff become a plain, and the ridges a valley; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

 

A voice commands, ‘Cry!’

and I answered, ‘What shall I cry?’ ‘All flesh is grass and its beauty like the wild flower’s.

 

The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on them. (The grass is without doubt the people.) The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains for ever.’

 

Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion.

Shout with a loud voice, joyful messenger to Jerusalem. Shout without fear, say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God.’

 

Here is the Lord coming with power, his arm subduing all things to him. The prize of his victory is with him, his trophies all go before him.

 

He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

Psalm 96:1-2, 3, 10, 11-12, 13

R/ (Isaiah 40:10) The Lord our God comes with power.

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name; announce his salvation, day after day.

R/ The Lord our God comes with power.

Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. Say among the nations: The LORD is king; he governs the peoples with equity.

R/ The Lord our God comes with power.

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice.

R/ The Lord our God comes with power.

They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes; for he comes to rule the earth. He shall rule the world with justice and the peoples with his constancy.

R/ The Lord our God comes with power.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

R/ Alleluia, Alleluia.

The day of the Lord is near: Behold, He comes to save us.

R/ Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL

MATTHEW 18:12-14

Jesus said to His disciples: "What is your opinion? 

 

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? 

 

And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. 

 

In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost."

 

THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD LORD!

Praise To You, Lord Jesus Christ.