Wednesday 20 december

by | Dec 19, 2023 | Evangelium

Blessed Scubilion

O Clavis David !

Born in France in 1797, He joined the Brothers of Christian Instruction and was given the name Scubilion. In 1833 he was sent to the Isle of Réunion, where he remained until his death in 1867. In Réunion he was named “the catechist of the slaves” on account of his ministry among them

Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 11: 1; 40

A branch shall sprout from the root of Jesse, and the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth, and all flesh will see the salvation of God.


O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word the immaculate Virgin received through the message of an Angel and so became the dwelling-place of divinity, filled with the light of the Holy Spirit, grant, we pray, that by her example we may in humility hold fast to your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14        

The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.” “No,” Ahaz answered, “I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then Isaiah said: “Listen now, House of David: are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men without trying the patience of my God, too? The Lord himself, therefore, will give you a sign. It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.”

Psalm 23(24):1-6

R/Let the Lord enter! He is the king of glory.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples. It is he who set it on the seas; on the waters he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place? The man with clean hands and pure heart, who desires not worthless things.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord and reward from the God who saves him. Such are the men who seek him, seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Gospel Acclamation      

Alleluia, alleluia! Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, come and save us, Lord our God. Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38      

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, “Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?” “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,” the angel answered, “and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.” “I am the handmaid of the Lord,” said Mary. “Let what you have said be done to me.” And the angel left her.

Prayer over the Offerings               

Look, O Lord, we pray, upon the one sacrifice of your Son, that, by participating in this mystery, we may possess at last the gifts we have awaited and for which our faith bids us hope. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Lk 1: 31   

The Angel said to Mary: Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

Prayer after Communion               

Grant divine protection, O Lord, to those you renew with this heavenly gift, that to those who delight in your mysteries you may give the joy of true peace. Through Christ our Lord.


The Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most emblematic figures of the Advent season. Today’s Gospel nourishes us with information on her personality. But much about her is found in her response to the angel Gabriel: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me”. All of Israel was expecting the Messiah, but what did they think if him? Many in Israel, even Jesus’ disciples thought of the Messiah in their own conception of liberty and salvation, and not in accordance with God’s redemptive plan. Just few of them were expecting the Messiah in the attitude of true children and servants of God amongst whom was Mary. She highlights for us how we should behave while expecting the grace of God. But seeing man’s disobedience today, would it be that the servants of God are now those who order God to become faithful to their own human and egoistic desires?