Advent lessens, Jesus comes

For those of you who have been following the daily readings, I encourage you to finish underlining the last few days of readings for Advent.  They are:

Thursday  Is 54:1-10  Ps 30  Lk 7:24-30

Fri  Is 56:1-3,6-8  Ps 67  Jn 5:33-36

4th Sunday in Advent

Year A Is 7:10-14  Ps 1-6  Rom 1:1-7  Mt 1:18-24

Year B  2Sam 7:1-5,8-16  Ps 89  Rom 16:25-27  Lk 1:26-38

Year C  Mi 5:1-4  Ps 80:15-19  Heb 10:5-10  Lk 1:39-45

Now  is where we start the “REAL CHRISTMAS”!  My experience with bible study classes is that there is a Christmas break.  Whether studying Hebrews or Leviticus or ??, we took a break for the Christmas/New Year holidays.  BUT!!..

The readings of the Word in the Catholic church are at one of their most excellent time during the week before Christmas until Epiphany, Jan. 6.    I will post the readings.  What a way to keep Christ in Christmas!

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3rd Week of Advent, Weekdays

Here are the readings for the 3rd weekdays of Advent; but I have an extra surprise for you starting on Thursday.  Blog on then.

Mon.  Is 4:2-6  Ps 122:1-9  Mt 8:5-11

Tue.  Is 11:1-10  Ps 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17  Lk 10:21-24

Wed.  Is 25:6-10  Ps 23:1-6  Mt 15:29-37

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Third Sundays of Advent

These Sunday Mass Readings are a perfect example of how the OT, NT, Psalms and Letters mesh together for the Advent season.  This is a time for preparedness, for Christmas. Underline all.

Year A(this year)       Is 35:1-6,10  Ps 146:6-10  Jas 5:7-10  Mt 11:2-11

Year B      Is 61:1-2,10-11  Lk 1:46-50,53-54  IThess 5:16-24  Jn 1:6-8,19-28

Year C       Zep 3:14-18  Is 12:2-6  Phil 4:4-7  Lk 3:10-18

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2nd Week of Advent, Weekday Readings

John the Baptist is on the scene now; Isaiah is comparing barren, suffering, unfaithful humans in the deserts with what can be a flourishing future. Eusebius of Caesarea comments that, “None of the pagans had any knowledge of God, since His holy servants and prophets were kept from approaching them.” They were out in the wilderness or desert preparing the way of the Lord. And they are coming. Now. Underline:

Is 35:1-10  40:1-11  40:25-31  41:13-20  48:17-19  Sir 48:1-4,9-11

Ps 85:9-14  96:1-3,10-13  103:1-4,8,10  145:1,9-13  1:1-4,6  80:2,3,15-19

Lk 5:17-26  Mt 18:12-14  Mt 11:28-30  Mt 11:11-19  Mt 17:10-13

Do not be afraid of the jumping round. It will all come together in a year.

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Here Comes John; 2nd Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist is proclaiming Isaiah  40:1-5,” Prepare the Way of the Lord”. The second readings encourage patience and blamelessness. A tall order, eh?

Sunday Year A Is 11:1-10  Ps 72:1,2,7,8,13,17  Rm 15:4-9  Mt 3:1-12

Sunday Year B Is 40:1-5,9-11  Ps 85:9-14  2Pt 3:8-14  Mk 1:1-8

Sunday Year C Bar 5:1-9  Ps 126:1-6  Phil 1:4-6,8-11  Lk 3:1-6

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Diatessaron? Tatian?

I learned something new today!  In the years 160-175 A.D., Tatian combined the Gospels of M, M, L, and J into a gospel harmony. What is a gospel harmony and where can you read this one?

A gospel harmony is combining the four gospels into a chronological order, including everything ( except one adultress ). I once had the Jefferson Bible, a gospel harmony that Predident Jefferson made by cutting his bible into pieces and piecing them back together as his version of a gospel harmony. Tatian, I think, did a much better job.

Where can you find it? Google this article’s title.

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Advent, First Weekdays

OK, I’m going to be harsh.  If you have not attended weekday Mass or read what is being read on weekdays, :(!  Weekday readings (and reading from the Liturgy of the Hours, I might add) fill in the good stuff!  This week’s weekday readings are a perfect example.

Use the following readings in any order that helps you understand what the Old Testament prophets were hoping for in the Messiah, the King, the Savior, the Redeemer.  And use the New Testament reading to help you understand that Jesus did exactly what was needed, what was sought, what was hoped and prayed for.  Chapter and verse upcoming.  Do you have a missal yet?

November 30 is the Feast of St. Andrew.  These reading supersede the week day readings.  Rm 10:9-18  Ps 19:8-11  Mt 4:18-22.  Underline both.

Mon.  Is 4:2-6  Ps 122:1-9  Mt 8:5-11

Tue.  Is 11:1-10  Ps 72:1,2,7,8,12,13,17  Lk 10:21-24

Wed.  Is 25:6-10  Ps 23:1-6  Mt 15:29-37

Thu. Is 26:1-6  Ps 118:1,8,9,19-21,25-27  Mt7:21,24-27

Fri. Is 29:17-24  Ps 27:1,4,13,14  Mt 9:27-31

Sat. Is 30:19-21, 23-26  Ps 147:1-6  Mt 9:35- 10:1,5-8

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