December 6

Monday in the 2nd Week of Advent

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. Nicholas – Basilica of Our Lady of Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina

St. Nicholas, bishop († 350). Optional memorial. Bishop of Myra, in present-day Turkey. He was renowned for his miracles and is recognized as the patron Saint of Russia. His relics were carried to Bari (Italy) and for this reason, he is also known as St. Nicholas of Bari.

St. Peter Pascual, bishop and martyr († 1300). Mercedarian religious, appointed Bishop of Jaen, Spain. He was captured by the Moors while visiting the faithful of his diocese and died in captivity in Granada.

St. Obitius, penitent († 1204). When close to death in battle, he experienced a a vision of hell, which convinced that he would have deserved condemnation if he had died on that occasion. Abandoning his military career, he became a Benedictine oblate in the monastery of Santa Giulia, in Brescia, Italy.

St. Joseph Nguyễn Duy Khang, martyr († 1861). Catechist and traveling companion of Bishop Jerome Hermosilla, in Vietnam. He was tortured and beheaded during the persecution of Emperor Tu Ðúc.

St. Dionysia, St. Majoricus, and companions, martyrs († 5th century). They were subjected to grievous tortures by the Arian king Hunneric. Majoricus, yet a child, was terrified in the face of torture, but was sustained by the words of his mother, Dionysia.

Blessed John Scheffler, Bishop and martyr († 1952). Hungarian born, he was appointed Bishop of Satu Mare, Romania. Under the atheist regime, he died in prison in Bucharest.

Blessed Luísa Maria Cañizares, virgin († 1936). A university professor from Valencia. During the Spanish Civil War she was arrested, and when she refused to renounce her Faith, she had her eyes and tongue torn out before being shot.


Mass Readings

First Reading – Is 35:1-10

The desert and the parched land will exult;
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
They will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
Then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water;
The abode where jackals lurk
will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
A highway will be there,
called the holy way;
No one unclean may pass over it,
nor fools go astray on it.
No lion will be there,
nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it.
It is for those with a journey to make,
and on it the redeemed will walk.
Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
They will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.8)

R. Our God will come to save us!
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD –for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land. R.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. R.

The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps. R.

Gospel – Lk 5:17-26

One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
“We have seen incredible things today.”


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