Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today’s Mass Readings are so beautiful but again, I will only be able to post part of the Readings due to the limit on words permitted for each thread. However, the full text for the Readings for this Solemnity of St. John the Baptist can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062420-day.cfm
Hear me, O coastlands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb He gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in His quiver He hid me.
You are My servant, He said to me,
Israel, through whom I show My glory.
Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as His servant from the womb,
that Jacob may be brought back to Him
and Israel gathered to Him;
and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, He says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. (Is 49:1-6)
Responsorial Psalm - from Ps. 139
R. (14) I praise You, for I am wonderfully made.
O LORD, You have probed me, you know me:
You know when I sit and when I stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest You scrutinize,
with all my ways You are familiar.
R. I praise you for I am wonderfully made.
Truly You have formed my inmost being;
You knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are Your works.
R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
My soul also You knew full well;
nor was my frame unknown to you
When I was made in secret,
when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
R. I praise You, for I am wonderfully made.
Reading 2 - from Acts 13:22-26 and Allleluia verse from Lk 1:76
Gospel (Lk 1:57-66, 80)
Come Holy Spirit, open the ears of our hearts to hear Your Truth, that we may speak and do Your Truth in Love. Jesus we trust in You! Mary, Mother of the Church pray for us. St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist, pray for us and for all those in most need of God’s Mercy.