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Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 1 December 2020 - A Shoot From The Stump Of Jesse

Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 1 December 2020 - A Shoot From The Stump Of Jesse: The Spirit Of The Lord Shall Rest Upon Him

Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 1 December 2020 - A Shoot From The Stump Of Jesse



Readings at Mass for 1,December 2020





Tuesday December 1, 2020
First Week of Advent Year B
Vestment: Violet
Today’s Rosary: The Sorrowful Mystery


Entrance Antiphon cf.Zec14:5.7

Behold, the Lord will come, and all his holy ones with him; and on that day there will be a great light.



Collect

Look with favour, Lord God, on our petitions, and in our trials grant us your compassionate help, that, consoled by the presence of your Son, whose coming we now await, we may be tainted no longer by the corruption of former ways. Through our Lord. .



FIRST READING

“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.”
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah11:1-10)

On that day: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him shall the nations seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious.

The word of the Lord.



RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm72:1-2.7-8.12-13-17 (R.7)

R/. In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever.

O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice,
and your poor in right judgement. R.

In his days shall justice flourish,
And great peace till the moon is no more.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
From the River to the bounds of the earth. R.

For he shall save the needy when they cry,
the poor, and those who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak and the needy,
and save the lives of the needy. R.

May his name endure forever,
his name continue like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blest in him,
All nations shall call him blessed. R.



ALLELUIA

Alleluia. Alleluia. Behold, our Lord will come with power, and enlighten the eyes of his servants. Alleluia.



GOSPEL

“Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 10:21-24)

At that hour: Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

The Gospel of the Lord.



Today's Reflection


As we begin this new month, the prophet Isaiah has an encouraging message for us, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isa 11:1). A stump is the last part of the tree that is left on the ground when the main tree has been cut down. Normally, it is expected that it should die off but a shoot rather grows from it.

Can you see? From any seemingly hopeless situation you may find yourself, God is going to lift you up and make you stand out as a sign of his glory to the nations (cf Isa 11:10). Only try and dispose yourself for that by upholding justice in your little way and living in peace with others, and it shall be well with you.



Blessings for the new Month


We say ‘Thank You’ to God for bringing us to December, the last month of the year.

It shall be a month of triumphant glory for us. May God be praised for all he has done for us and may we continue to see goodness and mercy in the land of the living.

Open your mouth, praise the Lord and exalt him forever. May his praise be always on your lips and may greater good and blessings come upon you in abundance as we wrap up the year 2020.

May no harm come upon you, your household, your work and business and may your journey and movement in this month be safe, fruitful and blessed. Amen.

Have a fantastic new month of December. May Jesus open doors of blessings for you and your household and may his word be fulfilled upon your life. Amen.



Let Us Pray,

Lord, grant that in this liturgical year we may stay awake always in order to avoid evil and let your light lead us on our pilgrimage to heaven. Amen



Personal Devotional

He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For the service you perform not only meets the needs of God's people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God.
2 Corinthians 11,12

- Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of this new day and new month. I adore you because of your goodness. Lord help me to fight to be at the top, but to allow the fullness of the operation of the Holy Spirit in my life.

- O Lord, let me count greatness only by your standards and qualifications, and not by my own merits and achievements.

- Holy Spirit of the living God, remain always with me.

- Everything that has made the Holy Spirit to be away from me, depart now in the name of Jesus. Holy Spirit make me your dwelling place.



Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, fill me with your healing power. Let the warmth of your healing love flood my entire being, so that my body will function the way it was created to be, whole and complete, renewed in your perfect health. I ask this through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen


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