Monday 18 december

by | Dec 17, 2023 | Evangelium

SAINT  Flannan, Bishop

O Adonai !

He is the patron saint of the diocese of Killaloe and its first bishop. He lived in the seventh century.

Entrance Antiphon          

Christ our King is coming, he is the Lamb foretold by John.


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who are weighed down from of old by slavery beneath the yoke of sin, may be set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading: Jeremiah 23: 5-8    

See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David, who will reign as true king and be wise, practising honesty and integrity in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel dwell in confidence. And this is the name he will be called: The-Lord-our-integrity. So, then, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when people will no longer say, “As the Lord lives who brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt!” but, “As the Lord lives who led back and brought home the descendants of the House of Israel out of the land of the North and from all the countries to which he had dispersed them, to live on their own soil.”

Psalm 71(72): 1-2, 12-13, 18-19

R/ In his days justice shall flourish, and peace until the moon fails.

O God, give your judgement to the king, to a king’s son your justice, that he may judge your people in justice and your poor in right judgement.

For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor.

Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel, who alone works wonders, ever blessed his glorious name.  Let his glory fill the earth. Amen! Amen!

Gospel Acclamation      

Alleluia, alleluia! Ruler of the House of Israel, who gave the law to Moses on Sinai, come and save us with outstretched arm. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24              

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.” When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

Prayer over the Offerings               

May the sacrifice to be offered to you, O Lord, make us acceptable to your name, that we may merit for all eternity to be the companions of Christ, by whose Death our own mortality was healed. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Communion Antiphon: Mt 1: 23  

His name will be called Emmanuel, which means God-with-us.

Prayer after Communion               

May we receive your mercy in the midst of your temple, O Lord, and show fitting honour to the coming solemnities of our redemption. Through Christ our Lord.


At the peak of this Advent season, the Church invites us to meditate on the birth of Jesus. It would appear the Church is immerging us already in the events we hope to celebrate in a few days. But particularly we cannot overlook the image of Joseph: a just man. It is thanks to the fact that he was a just man that he welcomed the mysterious work of God which changed perspective of his life. Practicing the will of God is what gives sense to the life and being of a just man. In this light, Joseph challenges us. Are we ready to abandon our desires and conform ourselves to the Holy will of God? Sometimes we expect particular grace but receive another. Do we receive it as the will of God or reject it because it doesn’t correspond to what we desire? Today, remember that Joseph was seen and recognized as just because he gave up his will to whole-heartedly embrace the will of God. We too can act like Joseph.