4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Liturgical Cycle – C)

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Saint of the Day: St. John of Kenty

First Reading:

Mic 5: 1-5a (Ruler of Israel)

Now you are walled around with a wall; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel upon the cheek. But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rue in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of earth and he shall be the one of peace.

Responsorial Psalms:

Ps 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19

Responsorial Antiphon:

“God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.”

Second Reading:

Heb 10: 5-10 (Hear I am to do your will)

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then is said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’ (in the scroll of the book it is written of me)”.

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolished the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel Reading:

Lk 1: 39-45 (Mary visits Elizabeth)

In those days Mary set out and went haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

What do you think?