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Today’s Readings – Monday of Week 1 of Advent - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 2:1-5 and Isaiah 4:2-6 in Year A

Now that we are entering the season of Advent, we are making our preparations to welcome the coming of the Son of God among us as one of us. The Child, born in such obscure surroundings, will become the Light of the Nations.

Our First Reading is taken from the early part of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, as will be the case for much of the Advent season. Depending on the Church Year (A,B or C), the verses will come from one of two sections in Isaiah. This commentary reflects on the verses starting with Isaiah 2:1. It begins with the lovely prophecy:

In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall str … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 1 of Advent (Year B)

Commentary on Isaiah 63:16-17,64:1,3-8; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37

With the First Sunday in Advent, we begin a new Church year. So we can wish each other: Happy New Year! As usual, we begin the year with the four Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas.

&rs … Continue

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