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14/12/2020 Day 349

Numbers 24:2-7.15-17a; Matthew 21:23-27

St John of the Cross, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Monday, Third week of Advent
Readings on p.74 of Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; declare it to the distant lands: Behold, our Saviour will come; you need no longer fear.

 

First Reading: Numbers 24:2-7.15-17a

A reading from the Book of Numbers

In those days:
Balaam lifted up his eyes,
and saw Israel encamping tribe by tribe.
And the Spirit of God came upon him,
and he took up his discourse, and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
falling down, but having his eyes uncovered:
How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
your encampments, O Israel!
Like valleys that stretch afar,
like gardens beside a river,
like aloes that the Lord has planted,
like cedar trees beside the waters.
Water shall flow from his buckets,
and his seed shall be in many waters,
his king shall be higher than Agag,
and his kingdom shall be exalted.

And he took up his discourse, and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
and knows the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
falling down, but having his eyes uncovered:
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come forth out of Jacob,
and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial psalm: Ps 25:4-5ab.6 and 7cd. 8-9 (R.4b)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm beginning and ending with the response:

R./ Teach me your paths, O Lord.

O Lord, make me know your ways.
Teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God of my salvation.

Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love,
for they are from of old.
In your merciful love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
he shows the way to sinners.
He guides the humble in right judgment;
to the humble he teaches his way.

R/. Teach me your paths, O Lord.

 

Please stand for the Gospel
Alleluia, Alleluia
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation. Alleluia.

 

 

Gospel: Matthew 21:23-27

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
When Jesus entered the temple,
the chief priests and the elders of the people
came up to him as he was teaching, and said,
“By what authority are you doing these things,
and who gave you this authority?”

Jesus answered them,
“I also will ask you a question;
and if you tell me the answer,
then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, where was it from?
From heaven or of human origin?”

And they argued with one another,
“If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us,
‘Why then did you not believe him?’
But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the multitude;
for all hold that John was a prophet.”
So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.”

And he said to them,
“Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Communion Antiphon
Come, O Lord, visit us in peace, that we may rejoice before you with a blameless heart.

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