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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Monday of the Third Week in Advent

    Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10

    Jacob called his sons and said to them:
    “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,
    listen to Israel, your father.

    “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise
    –your hand on the neck of your enemies;
    the sons of your father shall bow down to you.
    Judah, like a lion’s whelp,
    you have grown up on prey, my son.
    He crouches like a lion recumbent,
    the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?
    The scepter shall never depart from Judah,
    or the mace from between his legs,
    While tribute is brought to him,
    and he receives the people’s homage.”

    Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17

    R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
    and the hills justice.
    He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
    save the children of the poor.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    Justice shall flower in his days,
    and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
    May he rule from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    May his name be blessed forever;
    as long as the sun his name shall remain.
    In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
    all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
    R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Wisdom of our God Most High,
    guiding creation with power and love:
    come to teach us the path of knowledge!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 1:1-17

    The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
    the son of David, the son of Abraham.

    Abraham became the father of Isaac,
    Isaac the father of Jacob,
    Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
    Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
    whose mother was Tamar.
    Perez became the father of Hezron,
    Hezron the father of Ram,
    Ram the father of Amminadab.
    Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
    Nahshon the father of Salmon,
    Salmon the father of Boaz,
    whose mother was Rahab.
    Boaz became the father of Obed,
    whose mother was Ruth.
    Obed became the father of Jesse,
    Jesse the father of David the king.

    David became the father of Solomon,
    whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
    Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
    Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
    Abijah the father of Asaph.
    Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
    Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
    Joram the father of Uzziah.
    Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
    Jotham the father of Ahaz,
    Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
    Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
    Manasseh the father of Amos,
    Amos the father of Josiah.
    Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
    at the time of the Babylonian exile.

    After the Babylonian exile,
    Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
    Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
    Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
    Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
    Eliakim the father of Azor,
    Azor the father of Zadok.
    Zadok became the father of Achim,
    Achim the father of Eliud,
    Eliud the father of Eleazar.
    Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
    Matthan the father of Jacob,
    Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
    Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

    Thus the total number of generations
    from Abraham to David
    is fourteen generations;
    from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
    from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
    fourteen generations.


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  2. Third Sunday of Advent

    Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a

    Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
    Sing joyfully, O Israel!
    Be glad and exult with all your heart,
    O daughter Jerusalem!
    The LORD has removed the judgment against you
    he has turned away your enemies;
    the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
    you have no further misfortune to fear.
    On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
    Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
    The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
    a mighty savior;
    he will rejoice over you with gladness,
    and renew you in his love,
    he will sing joyfully because of you,
    as one sings at festivals.

    Responsorial Psalm Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.

    R. (6) Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
    God indeed is my savior;
    I am confident and unafraid.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    With joy you will draw water
    at the fountain of salvation.
    R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
    Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
    among the nations make known his deeds,
    proclaim how exalted is his name.
    R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
    Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
    let this be known throughout all the earth.
    Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
    for great in your midst
    is the Holy One of Israel!
    R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

    Reading 2 Phil 4:4-7

    Brothers and sisters:
    Rejoice in the Lord always.
    I shall say it again: rejoice!
    Your kindness should be known to all.
    The Lord is near.
    Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
    by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
    make your requests known to God.
    Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
    will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    Alleluia Is 61:1(cited in Lk 4:18)

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to bring glad tidings to the poor.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 3:10-18

    The crowds asked John the Baptist,
    “What should we do?”
    He said to them in reply,
    “Whoever has two cloaks
    should share with the person who has none.
    And whoever has food should do likewise.”
    Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
    “Teacher, what should we do?”
    He answered them,
    “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
    Soldiers also asked him,
    “And what is it that we should do?”
    He told them,
    “Do not practice extortion,
    do not falsely accuse anyone,
    and be satisfied with your wages.”

    Now the people were filled with expectation,
    and all were asking in their hearts
    whether John might be the Christ.
    John answered them all, saying,
    “I am baptizing you with water,
    but one mightier than I is coming.
    I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
    He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
    His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor
    and to gather the wheat into his barn,
    but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
    Exhorting them in many other ways,
    he preached good news to the people.
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    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.