3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Liturgical Cycle – C)

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Saint of the Day: Adelaide of Italy

First Reading:

Zeph 3: 14-18a (Rejoice, O people of Israel!)

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.

Responsorial Psalms:

Is 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6

Responsorial Antiphon:

“Shout, and sing for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel.”

Second Reading:

Phil 4: 4-7 (The Lord is near)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but I everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace o God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading:

Lk 3: 10-18 (What then shall we do?)

And the crowds asked him (Jesus), “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax-collectors came to be baptised, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptise you with water; but on who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

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