Saturday, 2nd Week of Advent (Weekday, Cycle – I)

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Saint of the Day: St. Maria Di Rosa

First Reading:

Sir 48: 1-4, 9-11 (Elijah will come again)

Then Elijah arose, a prophet like fire, and his word burned like a torch. He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he made them few in number. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, and also three times brought down fire. How glorious you were, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours?

You were taken up by a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with horses of fire. At the appointed time, it is written, you are destined to calm the wrath of God before it breaks out in fury, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. Happy are those who saw you and were adorned with your love! For we also shall surely live.

Responsorial Psalms:

Ps 80: 2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19

Responsorial Antiphon:

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

Gospel Reading:

Mt 17: 9a, 10-13 (Elijah has already come)

As they were coming down the mountain, the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He replied, Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

What do you think?