Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Zec 14: 5, 7
Behold, the Lord will come, and all his holy ones with him;and on that day there will be a great light.
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 longerby the corruption of former ways.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.
First Reading : Isaiah 11:1-10
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.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 71
R/In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.
- O God, give your judgment to the king, to a king’s son your justice, that he may judge your people in justice and your poor in right judgment.
- In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
- 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.
- May his name be blessed for ever and endure like the sun. Every tribe shall be blessed in him, all nations bless his name.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Ps 84:8
Alleluia, alleluia!Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.Alleluia!
GOSPEL : Luke 10:21-24
Filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them in private, ‘Happy the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’
Prayer over the Offerings
Be pleased, O Lord, with our humble prayers and offerings,and, since we have no merits to plead our cause,come, we pray, to our rescuewith the protection of your mercy.Through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon : Cf. 2 Tm 4: 8
The Just Judge will bestow a crown of righteousnesson those who eagerly await his coming.
Prayer after Communion
Replenished by the food of spiritual nourishment,we humbly beseech you, O Lord,that, through our partaking in this mystery,you may teach us to judge wisely the things of earthand hold firm to the things of heaven.Through Christ our Lord.
Today is a call not to lose sight of the promises of God. The people in exile are summoned by the Prophet Isaiah to consider the wonders of the Lord. The situation is bad, but there is a savior who is to free his people. Our salvation is at hand. But what kind of savior are we to await? He is a savior that judges with justice, with faithfulness and with righteousness. He is a model of good governance, where the poor receive fair judgment and equity is ensured. This is borne out of the conviction that there is no peace without justice. When there is justice amongst us, there will surely be peace. Then there will be no distinction between North and South, East or West. Is this feasible in our country? It is not by physical power, but by the spirit of the Lord and our personal cooperation with the Spirit.