DAILY MASS READINGS (December 1, 2018)

SATURDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

Reading 1 (REVELATION 22:1-7)

A reading from the Book of Revelation

John said:
An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,
sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God
and of the Lamb down the middle of the street,
On either side of the river grew the tree of life
that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;
the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.
Nothing accursed will be found anymore.
The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,
and his servants will worship him.
They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun,
for the Lord God shall give them light,
and they shall reign forever and ever.

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, 
and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits,
sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.”
“Behold, I am coming soon.”
Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7AB)

R. (1 Cor 16: 22b, see Rev. 22: 20c) Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
For the LORD is a great God,
and a great king above all gods;
In his hands are the depths of the earth,
and the tops of the mountains are his.
His is the sea, for he has made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!


Alleluia (LUKE 21:36)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times and pray
that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel (LUKE 21:34-36)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: Today, the Church ends the Liturgical Year B. At sunset, we shall begin a the Liturgical Year C with the Advent Season. And Advent ushers in our disposition of preparation for the Lord’s coming into history and humanity, which we celebrate every Christmas, his future coming in glory and majesty at the end of the world, and his continuous manifestation in mystery and in the daily signs of the times we encounter. Our Readings for this last day of the Liturgical Year center once more on the Second Coming of Christ, which we have been reflecting during this week proceeding the Solemnity of Christ the King. In the First Reading (Revelation 22:1-7), Saint John the Beloved concludes the last book of the Bible by writing his vision of the beatific vision of God, where there is abundance and eternal life. This is a place and a state that will not be subjected to corruption and mortality. And all those who have been faithful during their earthly lives will inherit this great promise and see the Lord face to face. The Beloved Apostle also records the Lord’s message for us: that he is coming soon. Although the Book of Revelation is not to be taken literally at many circumstances, the visions and representations mentioned here remind us that we have to be ready for the possible outcomes when we shall behold apocalyptic visions pointing to the Parousia. And a couple of times this last book mentioned to us to be faithful to the Lord’s words and observe and manifest them in our everyday lives.
In the Gospel (Luke 21:34-36), Jesus exhorts us to be vigilant to stand before him in the midst of the tribulations and troubles happening in our community, society, and the whole world. But he also warns us against the worldly allurements, desires, and vices of the flesh and materialism that might prevent us from this preparation. To be vigilant for the Lord’s coming is to become his faithful servants. Just like the wedding servants who girded their loins and lighted up their lamps before the return of their Master, we have to put Christ and his light of teaching into our lives. And just as the two servants have invested wholeheartedly the gold coins given to them before the return of the nobleman, so likewise we are to do the same by using our talents wisely and effectively in fulfilling the mission God has entrusted us. So as we journey down this road, let us be vigilant, faithful, wise, and obedient to the Lord and his teachings and will; thus allowing that light to shine in us, so that we may be a beacon of it to others, and inherit the glory of the beatific vision of God, which is eternal life. Let us now prepare ourselves for the Lord’s coming into our lives as we begin the New Year of the Calendar of Holy Mother Church with the Season of Advent.

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