Reading 1: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Reading 2: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God” (IS 61:1-2).
These words, first spoken by the prophet Isaiah and repeated by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry, are instructions for service and evangelization (see LK 4:16-30).
In addition to being a time of preparation, Advent is an opportunity to reflect on the suffering of the poor and weak (cf. Psalm 41:1). It is an invitation to minister to the human and spiritual needs of the neediest amongst us. A ministry marked by joy and prayer (cf. 1 THES 5:16).
Let’s remember this day that it is by following Jesus’s teachings that we become anointed and rejoice in our God (cf. IS 61:10b). It is how, like John the Baptist, we become “the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’” (JN 1:23).
– God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.