Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Sunday, 27th November, 2022
Next Sunday's Readings
General Theme: Todays liturgy, the first of the new Church year 2022, directs our attention to the
Second Coming of Christ and the Day of Judgement when our lives will be truly, fairly and lovingly evaluated by God.
A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah 2:1-5
Theme: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
‘In the days to come
the mountain of the Temple of the Lord shall tower above the mountains
and be lifted higher than the hills.
All the nations will stream to it, peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Temple of the God of Jacob
that he may teach us his ways
so that we may walk in his paths;
since the Law will go out from Zion,
and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem’.
He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples;
these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.’
O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 121: 1-2,4-5,6-9, Rv v.1
Response I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to God’s house.”
1. I rejoiced when I heard them say:
“Let us go to God’s house.”
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem. Response
2. It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.
For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgement
of the house of David. Response
3. For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace !” Response
4. For love of my brethren and friends
I say: “Peace upon you!“
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good. Response
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans 13:11-14
Theme: Our salvation is even nearer.
You know ‘the time‘ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.
Let us live decently as people do in the daytime:
no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation Ps 84:8
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 24:37-44 Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes.
For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away.
It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.
‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house.
Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.
Good /News for 2023
As of tomorrow, 28 Nov., our commentaries on the Daily Readings at Mass for 2022-2023 will commence.
Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2022-2023:
Your word is a lamp for my feet and light for my path by Martin Hogan Our sincere thanks go to Fr. Martin and www.messenger.ie/bookstore
The reflections in this book are based predominantly on the gospel readings for the weekdays of the coming liturgical year, 2022/23, with occasional references to the first reading. They follow the sequence of the weekdays of the liturgical year, beginning with the Monday of the first week of Advent on the 28th of November, 2022, and concluding with the Saturday of the thirty fourth week in Ordinary time on the 2nd of December, 2023. In the course of the liturgical year, the gospel readings for weekdays offer us a significant selection of the words and deeds of Jesus from all four gospels. In and through these gospel readings we encounter the living word of the risen Lord to his church. There is rich fare here to nourish our faith life and to help us to grow in our knowledge and love of the Lord. These short reflections attempt to listen to the gospel readings on their own terms while showing how they can continue to speak to our lives today.
Many people feel drawn to basing their prayer on the Scriptures, in particular the gospels. It is hoped that these reflections will serve as a help to prayer. They may also be of service to priests who seek to offer a short reflection on the gospel reading of the day in the context of the Eucharist. Where there is a weekday Liturgy of the Word, (with or without Holy Communion,) they can be read as a reflection on the readings. On most week days, the same gospel reading is proclaimed in the church throughout the world. To read and reflect upon the gospels for the weekdays of the liturgical year is to go on a spiritual journey with the universal church. Those who travel this journey will discover that the Lord’s word is a light for our path.
Martin Hogan, Finglas Parish, Dublin.