Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Here are some of the themes for the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 35:1-6a,10

  • The earth will be renewed by the glory of the Lord.
  • When God comes upon his people, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame leap and the mute sing.

Psalm – 146:6-10

  • “Lord, come and save us.”
  • The Lord God nurtures, heals and supports his people.

2nd Reading – James 5:7-10

  • Like a farmer tending the soil, we must be patient for the Lord.
  • We stand firm without complaint, for the Just Judge is near.

Gospel – Matthew 11:2-11

  • From prison, John the Baptist sends disciples to Jesus if he is the one who is to come.
  • Christ responds with the fulfillment of Isaiah 35, and affirms that John is the greatest of all the prophets.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Advent Reconciliation: Coming to our senses

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This homily was part of a Communal Penance Service at the Cathedral on November 29, 2022. Reflecting on the Parable of the Lost Son, we take time this Advent to “Come to our senses” and return to the Lord.

Luke 15:11-32

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2nd Sunday of Advent: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!

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John the Baptist bluntly and forcefully addresses the crowds, calling them to repent and prepare for the one who will come after him. May this message inspire us to repent of our sins and be ready for the Lord’s coming.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: We serve one another with the compassion of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus empowers and sends out the Apostles to continue his ministry. What’s more, the Lord’s compassion for those in need sets the context for how we serve one another in his name.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

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St. Francis Xavier, pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Lord is our light and our salvation. Catholic Inspiration

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Two blind men are healed by Jesus and are filled with joy. As we drawn near the Lord today may we see clearly, for the Lord is our light and our salvation!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: We build our lives on the rock of faith. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Isaiah and Jesus use the image of rock when speaking about a relationship with God. Unchanging and immutable, the rock of faith is a sure and solid foundation that provides the stability we need to build our spiritual lives.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle. Catholic Inspiration

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The call of Andrew, along with Peter, James and John reveals God’s initiative in our lives. As St. Paul reminds us, we are all called and sent by the Lord so that others may hear the Good News.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

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St. Andrew, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophetic words of Isaiah ring in our hearts. Christ is coming into our world! May we prepare our hearts to welcome the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: The strength of our faith in Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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A centurion puts his faith in the healing power of Jesus, and the Lord takes the opportunity to speak about how people from around the world will come to know God.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Let’s take a look at some of the themes we find in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 11:1-10

  • The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon an ancestor of the line of Jesse, and he shall judge with justice.
  • Creation will experience profound peace with those who were formerly at odds.
  • Even the Gentiles will seek out God.

Psalm – 72: 1-2,7-8,12-13,17

  • “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.”
  • The king shall rescue the poor and judge with justice.

2nd Reading – Romans 15:4-9

  • Through Christ, God gives us hope, endurance and encouragement.
  • We welcome one another, as Christ welcomes us.

Gospel – Matthew 3:1-12

  • John the Baptist proclaims, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
  • John speaks of one who is coming after him, who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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