Saint Nicholas, Bishop
Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Hab 2: 3; 1 Cor 4: 5
The Lord will come and he will not delay.He will illumine what is hidden in darknessand reveal himself to all the nations.
Prepare our hearts, we pray, O Lord our God,by your divine power,so that at the coming of Christ your Sonwe may be found worthy of the banquet of eternal lifeand merit to receive heavenly nourishment from his hands.Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.
First Reading : Isaiah 25:6-10
On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines. On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy Death for ever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every cheek; he will take away his people’s shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so. That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; the Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us; for the hand of the Lord rests on this mountain.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 22
R/ In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.
1.The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit
2.He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name. If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear. You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort.
3.You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing.
4.Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Is 33:22
Alleluia, alleluia!The Lord is our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king and saviour.Alleluia!
GOSPEL : Matthew 15:29-37
Jesus reached the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and he went up into the hills. He sat there, and large crowds came to him bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were astonished to see the dumb speaking, the cripples whole again, the lame walking and the blind with their sight, and they praised the God of Israel. But Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off hungry, they might collapse on the way.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Where could we get enough bread in this deserted place to feed such a crowd?’ Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven’ they said ‘and a few small fish.’ Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and he gave thanks and broke them and handed them to the disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected what was left of the scraps, seven baskets full.
Prayer over the Offerings
May the sacrifice of our worship, Lord, we pray,be offered to you unceasingly,to complete what was begun in sacred mysteryand powerfully accomplish for us your saving work.Through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon : Cf. Is 40: 10; 35: 5
Behold, our Lord will come with powerand will enlighten the eyes of his servants.
Prayer after Communion
We implore your mercy, Lord,that this divine sustenancemay cleanse us of our faultsand prepare us for the coming feasts.Through Christ our Lord.
One of the most central themes that seam the messages of the advent season is that our God is universal God. The healings of Jesus in the Gospel reading do not distinguish between the Jews and non-Jews. All who came to Jesus in need of healing where healed. And in today’s reading from Isaiah, Yahweh moves beyond the circle of his intimates and issues a universal feast. He also removes the veil that veils all peoples. He does not discriminate between those loyal to him and those disloyal. He will also wipe the tears from the eyes of all. This is a summon to the universal eschatological banquet. In no other way is this banquet made more concrete for us than in the celebration of the Eucharist. Although this summon is sent out irrespective of our merits or demerits, there is an account to be rendered. When the adequate preparations for this banquet are not made, we may become like the proverbial man without the wedding garment of Mt 22:11-13. Let him who has ears listen.