A reading from the prophet Isaiah
A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse,
a scion thrusts from his roots:
on him the spirit of the Lord rests,
a spirit of wisdom and insight,
a spirit of counsel and power,
a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
(The fear of the Lord is his breath.)
He does not judge by appearances,
he gives no verdict on hearsay,
but judges the wretched with integrity,
and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.
His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless,
his sentences bring death to the wicked.
Integrity is the loincloth round his waist,
faithfulness the belt about his hips.
The wolf lives with the lamb,
the panther lies down with the kid,
calf and lion cub feed together
with a little boy to lead them.
The cow and the bear make friends,
their young lie down together.
The lion eats straw like the ox.
The infant plays over the cobra’s hole;
into the viper’s lair
the young child puts his hand.
They do no hurt, no harm,
on all my holy mountain,
for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters swell the sea.
That day, the root of Jesse
shall stand as a signal to the peoples.
It will be sought out by the nations
and its home will be glorious.
The word of the Lord.
(R.)Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
1. 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.)
2. In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to the earth’s bounds. (R.)
3. For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor. (R.)
4. May his name be blessed for ever
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
all nations bless his name. (R.)
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans
Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how people who did not give up were helped by God. And may he who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It can only be to God’s glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you. The reason Christ became the servant of circumcised Jews was not only so that God could faithfully carry out the promises made to the patriarchs, it was also to get the pagans to give glory to God for his mercy, as scripture says in one place: For this I shall praise you among the pagans and sing your name.
Word of the Lord.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all people shall see the salvation of God.
Good morning/evening everyone.
(Saturday night 6.00pm Mass only)
(Could all the children attending Children’s Liturgy tonight, please gather at the entrance to the church where Father will give you a blessing before he processes in.)
Today’s readings speak to us of the peace we may expect with the coming of God’s kingdom. And yet there is also an undertone of violence and retribution in the call for our repentance and change of heart.
Please stand and join in the singing of our entrance hymn ………………………………….
That God our Father may heal our broken and violent world through the loving touch of his Son, who came to bring peace to all. Lord, in your mercy …
That we will treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treats us. Lord, in your mercy…
That Catholic youth from our parish and across the nation will discern what the Spirit is saying to them as they gather in Perth this Sunday for the start of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. Lord, in your mercy…
That our sick and all who struggle to feel the companionship of Christ in their lives, we pray this time of Advent may help them renew their courage and hope. Lord, in your mercy …
That the dead will reach the perfect goodness which is Jesus Christ. We also remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Francesca Schiappadori who died this week, Kathleen Canavan who died recently, Martin Reuben Denman, Kathy Cervellin, Ellen Gardner, Giovanni Volpi, Elaine Tranter, Alfia Silvini, Gregorio Pedrini, Holly Roberts whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all those who have no one to pray for them. Lord, in your mercy …
We place before the Lord our own personal needs and prayers. (Count to 10) Lord, in your mercy …
Together let us pray for generous hearts
Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.