Vol: 46, No.1 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 02 2018  
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. (Ps 24:1-3)
Dear brothers and sisters, we begin a new spiritual journey as we enter the season of advent. In this liturgical year the gospel readings will be predominantly from Luke. He presents Jesus as a compassionate Saviour who has come to save his people. The birth of Jesus is a historical fact that has already taken place. While we rejoice at the birth of Jesus that has brought us salvation, the liturgy of advent prepares us for our encounter with the glorified Lord whose future coming we await. As we do not have a permanent home here on earth, we have to be ready for our encounter with Jesus our Lord and Master. The gospel of today encourages us to take heed of ourselves lest our hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness. We need God’s help to overcome all these vices. What recourse do we take? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/...

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
(Prophet Jeremiah announces that the Messiah will be a descendant of David and he will act with justice and fairness).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness’.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (25)
Response: To you, Lord, I lift up my soul.
Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me: for you are God my saviour. R./
The Lord is good and upright. He shows the path to those who stray. He guides the humble in the right path: he teaches his way to the poor. R./
His ways are faithfulness and love for those who keep his covenant and will. The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him; to them he reveals his covenant.. R./
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