Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily): 15th December 2022
FIRST READING – Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily): 15th December 2022
Like a wife forsaken, the Lord has called you.
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 54:1-10)
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not had labour pains! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her that is married, says the Lord. Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; hold not back, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your descendants will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widow hood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the Lord has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting mercy I will have compassion on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer. “For this is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my mercy shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM – Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily): 15th December 2022
R/. I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up.
I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up,
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have lifted up my soul from the grave,
restored me to life from those who sink into the pit. R/.
Sing psalms to the Lord, you faithful ones;
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favour all through life.
At night there are tears, but at dawn comes joy. R/.
R/. I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up.
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
be my helper, O LORD.
You have changed my mourning into dancing.
O Lord my God, I will thank you forever. R/.
ALLELUIA (Gospel Acclamation) – Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily): 15th December 2022
Alleluia. Alleluia. Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight; all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia.
GOSPEL – Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily): 15th December 2022
John is the messenger who prepares the way of the Lord
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 7:24-30)
When the messengers of John had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who are gorgeously apparelled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. What then did you go out to see? A prophet. Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare you way before you.’ I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (When they heard this all the people and the tax collectors justified God, having been baptised with the baptism of John; but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptised by him.)
The Gospel of the Lord.
TODAY’S REFLECTION (Homily) – Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily): 15th December 2022
Throughout Israel’s history God sent prophets to speak His message to them and to call people back to obedience. But often people ignored the prophets and sometimes even killed them. Certain false prophets also showed up from time to time. So, at a certain point in history, God decided to stop sending prophets to Israel (Amos 8:11). After Malachi died there was no prophet for 400 years. This means that God stopped speaking to them. And finally one day they hear a voice of one crying out in the desert – the voice of John the Baptist. All the people of Jerusalem, Judea and the entire region around the Jordan go to hear him preach. It is this event that Jesus picks up in today’s Gospel, showing how great John the Baptist is. Even as Jesus compliments him in superlative terms, He says that the least in the kingdom of God means to accept Jesus and His reign over our lives. Nothing can be greater than this. Do I belong to the Kingdom of God?
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty disappears, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” ·
– Pray for all woman, this simple prayer: “O Lord, make all women, good in Jesus name”.
– Pray for women who cause havoc in the homes, churches, offices, and their societies, that they will refrain from it.
– In the name of Jesus, let every unknown evil spirit tormenting womanhood be banished forever in Jesus Name.
Let Us Pray
May your mercy be upon us, O Lord; that we may be kept safe through famine and weakness. Let our hearts rejoice in your light and trust in the holiness of thy name that all our actions may be inspired by the might of thy power and the strength of thy Holy will. Amen.