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Daily Readings Sunday December 17th 2017

17th December 2017

The Liturgy of the Word


First Reading

Isaiah 61:1-2 10-11

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor
to bind up hearts that are broken;

to proclaim liberty to captives
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.

‘I exult for joy in the Lord
my soul rejoices in my God
for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation
he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity
like a bridegroom wearing his wreath
like a bride adorned in her jewels.

‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow
as a garden makes seeds spring up
so will the Lord make both integrity and praise
spring up in the sight of the nations.’


Psalm

Luke 1:46-50 53-54

My soul rejoices in my God.

My soul glorifies the Lord
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

My soul rejoices in my God.

The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age
on those who fear him.

My soul rejoices in my God.

He fills the starving with good things
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel his servant
remembering his mercy.

My soul rejoices in my God.


Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Be happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything – hold on to what is good and avoid every form of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless spirit soul and body for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.


 Gospel

John 1:6-8 19-28

A man came sent by God. His name was John. He came as a witness as a witness to speak for the light so that everyone might believe through him. He was not the light only a witness to speak for the light. This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared but he declared quite openly ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then ’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered ‘No.’ So they said to him ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said ‘I am as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord.’ Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees and they put this further question to him ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ and not Elijah and not the prophet?’ John replied ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany on the far side of the Jordan where John was baptising.

Organiser

Chris Michalczuk
Phone:
023 9282 8305
Email:
parish@stswithuns.org.uk
Website:
www.stswithuns.org.uk