"COME, LET US WORSHIP THE LORD, THE KING WHO IS TO COME."
1st Reading: "The Lord has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken, to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison, to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord ..." (Is. 61:1-11)
2nd reading: "Be happy at all times; pray constanly, and for all things, give thanks to God." (1 Thess 5:16-24)
Gospel: "I am, as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord."
Prayer: As Christmas is fast approaching, grant, O Lord, that I may not be overwhelmed by the concerns of shopping, food, and gifts. Rather, dispose me and my family to receive the real gift: Christ Jesus in my life, in my home, in my ministry, among the poor, in my work, in my country."
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