The Word This Week

annunciazioneSo, who is coming? This Sunday’s readings help to answer that question. John the Baptist is asked about the coming of the Messiah – is it him? He affirms his role as a witness to speak for the light, by pointing to the one who stands among the crowd unknown to them who is coming after him. This idea is present in the First Reading, where Isaiah proclaims what the anointed one” (Messiah in Hebrew) will do, and the joy that this will bring. It is interesting that the Response appointed for this Sunday is part of the Magnificat – Mary’s song of praise at the announcement that the Messiah would be born of her – in which she sings of the works of the coming Messiah. Paul then reminds us that we are still waiting patiently: God has called you, and he will not fail you. This is why, on this ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, we as God’s people rejoice in his care, made visible in his promises, fulfilled in Jesus.

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 3)
Isaiah 61: 1–2, 10–11
Response: Luke 1: 46 – 50, 53 – 54.
My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my saviour.
He looks at his servant in her nothingness;
hence forth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.

He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy.

2 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 24
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

John 1: 6–8, 19–28
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, work marvels for us.

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