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Lectionary Radio for November 27, 2011

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The Readings for November 27, 2011 - Advent 1 (Year B)

The First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9

64:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--

64:2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

64:3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

64:4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

64:5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

64:7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

64:9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

Summary of Discussion

  • (2:18) The Old Testament lesson contains some seasonal imagery, but I am not sure if it was intentional.
  • (2:48) This is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
  • - This is the longest-possible Advent, due to Christmas being on a Sunday. - Ironically the first Sunday of Advent focuses on the end-times.
  • (3:27) Today English-speaking Roman Catholics have [a new translation of the Mass][]. Here are [some examples of changes][a new translation of the Mass].