Weekly Wisdom (Gospel Reflections for December) (2023)

Weekly Wisdom Staff
Gospel Reflections for December 2023 – Cycle B
Sunday 3rd December 2023 First Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Is 63:16-17; 64:1,3-8 Oh that you would tear down the heavens and come.
Second Reading: 1 Cor 1:3-9 The revelation we looked for, Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel: Mt 13:33-37 Stay awake!
Be patient with those you care for.
Warm the hearts of the people. Walk through the dark night with them. Pope Francis
Sunday 10th December 2023 Second Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Is 40: 1-5, 9-11 Prepare the way for the Lord.
Second Reading: 2 Pet 3:8-14 We wait for new heavens and a new earth.
Gospel: Mt 1:1-8 Make straight the paths of the Lord.
Make room in your heart for God this week.
Remember who you are trying to follow. Mary MacKillop
Sunday 17th December 2023 Third Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Is 61:1-2,10-11 I exult for joy in the Lord.
Second Reading: 1 Thess 5:16-24 May you all be kept blameless for the coming of the Lord.
Gospel: Jn 1:6-8,19-28 There stands among you the one who comes after me.
Be happy in your work and at home.
Let your light shine before others. Mt 5: 16
Sunday 24th December 2023 Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Reading: 2 Sam 7:1-5,8-12,14,16 The kingdom of David will be established for ever.
Second Reading: Rom 16:25-27 The mystery kept secret for endless ages is revealed.
Gospel: Lk 1:26-38 You will conceive and bear a son.
Be energized with God’s presence.
Be ready for God’s will, even if it takes you by surprise. Mary MacKillop
Please turn over for Christmas Day and the feast of the Holy Family
Monday 25th December 2023 Christmas Day
First Reading: Is 52:7-10 All the ends of the earth will see the saving power of our God.
Second Reading: Heb 1:1-6 In our own time, God speaks to us through Jesus, Son of God.
Gospel: Jn 1:1-18 The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
Celebrate and give thanks for the Sacred Presence.
God’s love is too deep for words to express. Mary MacKillop
Sunday 31st December 2023 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
First Reading: Gen 15:1-6,21:1-3 Your own son shall be your heir.
Second Reading: Heb 11:8,11-12,17-19 The faith of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac.
Gospel: Lk 2:22-40 The child grew to maturity and was filled with wisdom.
Reflect on family this week. Give thanks for your parents.
What matters most is what each moment brings. Jean Pierre de Caussade
An Advent Prayer
Light of Heaven,
fill my mind and my heart this Advent
as I watch, wait and prepare for the coming of our Saviour.
You have shown me signs of hope and love
as I have united with others
in caring for the Aged and those who are sick.
May each week renew my hope
and strengthen my desire
to walk in your Divine Presence.
With gratitude, I feel your Divine Presence
as I tend to the unwell
and those who are dependent on me.
May my work and prayer this Advent strengthen my faith in you,
bringing me closer to you each day.
Bless my colleagues, my family and friends, now and always. Amen.
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Let Go and Let Flow (Glimpse of Heaven)

O sing to the Lord a new song, for God has done marvelous things . . .
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Let Go and Let Flow (Peace)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.