On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 6, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Let us no longer look within ourselves and dwell to see if we are, but instead declare with all our hearts that we are joyful messengers of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

The world has seen a new light for He had come to dispel the darkness of our lives and therefore we rejoice as we proclaim His glory. We look forward each and every time for our community prayer meetings so we can praise, worship and listen to His Word as One Body in Him.

We then go out with joy in our hearts to search out the lost sheep and lead them home to Him who had anointed and sent us His shepherds.

Glory and Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is our Shepherd there is nothing we shall want. Amen

Saint Nicholas, Bishop pray for us…

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First reading

Isaiah 40:1-11

Consolations from the heart of Jerusalem

‘Console my people, console them’

says your God.

‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem

and call to her

that her time of service is ended,

that her sin is atoned for,

that she has received from the hand of the Lord

double punishment for all her crimes.’

A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness

a way for the Lord.

Make a straight highway for our God

across the desert.

Let every valley be filled in,

every mountain and hill be laid low.

Let every cliff become a plain,

and the ridges a valley;

then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed

and all mankind shall see it;

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

A voice commands, ‘Cry!’

and I answered, ‘What shall I cry?’”

– ‘All flesh is grass

and its beauty like the wild flower’s.

The grass withers, the flower fades

when the breath of the Lord blows on them.

(The grass is without doubt the people.)

The grass withers, the flower fades,

but the word of our God remains for ever.’

Go up on a high mountain,

joyful messenger to Zion.

Shout with a loud voice,

joyful messenger to Jerusalem.

Shout without fear,

say to the towns of Judah,

‘Here is your God.’

Here is the Lord coming with power,

his arm subduing all things to him.

The prize of his victory is with him,

his trophies all go before him.

He is like a shepherd feeding his flock,

gathering lambs in his arms,

holding them against his breast

and leading to their rest the mother ewes.

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Gospel

Matthew 18:12-14

The one lost sheep gives him more joy than the ninety-nine that did not stray

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.’

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