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Liturgical Readings for : Saturday, 10th December, 2022
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Saturday of 2nd week of Advent

Optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto,
model for all, especially families, to imitate her in faith, hope and love.

General Themes: Old & New Testament prophets, Elijah and John the Baptist, bear witness to Jesus as the Christ.

FIRST READING                  

A reading from the book of  Ecclesiasticus (Ben Sirach)   48:1-4. 9-11
Theme: Elijah will come again.

The prophet Elijah arose like a fire,elijahchariotoffire
his word flaring like a torch.

It was he who brought famine on them,
and who decimated them in his zeal. By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens, he also, three times, brought down fire.

ow glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!

Has anyone reason to boast as you have? –
taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses;
designated in the prophecies of doom to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks,
to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob,

Happy shall they be who see you,
and those who have fallen asleep in love.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 79
Response                       God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us ad we shall be saved.

1. O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.                                     Response

2. God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.                Response

3. May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.  Response

Gospel  Acclamation
Alleluia,  Alleluia!
The day of the Lord is near. Look he comes to save us.

Or                                   Lk 3:4.6
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God


A reading from the  holy Gospel according to Matthew     17:10-13

Theme: Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him.

sonofGODAs they came down the mountain the disciples put this question to Jesus,
Why do the scribes say then that Elijah has to come first?’

he replied
‘Elijah is to come to see that everything is once more as it should be; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already
and they did not recognise him
but treated him as they pleased;
and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.’

The disciples understood then that he had been speaking of John the Baptist.

The Gospel of the Lord.        Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Gospel Reflection        Saturday    Second Week of Advent       Matthew 17:10-13

I noticed from time to time during the Covid pandemic that people I would normally recognize straight away I failed to recognize because they were wearing a mask. Of course, if we know people really well we will recognize them immediately even if they are wearing a mask. There are other ways we don’t recognize one another. We may see immediately who someone is but fail to recognize that they are distressed. We don’t always see beyond people’s appearance to how they truly are. This is a deeper kind of recognition which goes beyond seeing with our eyes. It is more a seeing with the heart, noticing the true reality of the person at the time, even when they are trying to hide it.

In the gospel reading, Jesus says that people didn’t recognize John the Baptist, in this deeper sense. They didn’t see him for who he truly was at the time, namely, the long awaited prophet Elijah whom the prophets had announced would come to prepare people for the coming of the Messiah. If they had recognized John the Baptist as Elijah returned they would not have treated him as they pleased in the words of the gospel reading. Jesus draws a lesson in his own regard from what happened to John, the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.

Just as people failed to recognize John as the Elijah returned, they will fail to recognize Jesus as God’s anointed one, sent by God to bring God’s blessings to all. Some would treat Jesus as they pleased too; as John was beheaded, Jesus would be crucified. We can continue to fail to recognize Jesus today. He is present to us in his word, in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. He is present to us in one another, especially in and through the weak and vulnerable. He is present to us from deep within our own hearts. Yet, although present to us in so many ways, in so many guises, we can fail to recognize him. Just as Jesus’ contemporaries needed to be healed of their blindness, so we often need healing of our spiritual blindness. Advent is the season when we are invited to grow in our recognition of the many ways that the Lord is coming into our lives every day.


The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/

The Gospel Reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2022-2023: Your word is a lamp for my feet and light for my path by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/