Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 176
Reading 1
IS 11:1-10
On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
R. (see 7)  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
He shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, our Lord shall come with power;
he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 10:21-24
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Luke 10:21-24

The revelation of God in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ was made known to the childlike, because to those on the way to salvation, He is God’s power; while for the unbelievers, it is foolishness, (c.f. 1 Cor. 1:18).
▪To be childlike entails innocence of heart and mind. To be able enter into a relationship with God, we must be willing to come to Him as children. It is when we submit ourselves to His will as children that we live in line with His plans even when we do not understand what they are. When the Emmanuel was revealed, only those who were childlike in heart accepted Him. Acceptance of Christ with childlike heart started a new era of change:
~ Hearts that were closed against each other opened up to receive one another again in love. From Him we have learnt the meaning of forgiveness.
~ His coming became a bridge that united all nations, languages and peoples together. Why we still find some elements of segregation or favouritism in our midst is because many have refused to be childlike before God.
~ It is the knowledge about Him that makes us childlike. When the hearts of men and women become childlike, there will be no longer harms and injury in our societies; the strong will not trample on the weak.
▪Dear friend, when will this society free from harms become a reality? Only when our hearts change to be like that of little children. The only way this will be possible, is through the knowledge of Christ. It does not just stop there, but just as the apostle James, living it out and not just listening to it, (c.f. James 1:22).
~ Our time is witnessing an increasing rate of crimes everywhere in the world. These crimes are perpetrated by humans against humans. We are going down to the level of lower animals now, because our heart is becoming godless.
~ As we journey during this time of Advent, may the grace of God reform our hearts to become childlike. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
“Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (C.f. Matthew 18:3)
Happy New Month of December
May God bless and keep you safe this month
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Morrisville, Vermont, USA