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So, my brothers and sisters, when the day of the birth of the Lord comes, we must adorn ourselves with clean and beautiful garments. I am not speaking here about the clothing of the body, but about that of the soul. We shouldn’t care about silk clothing, but we should care about precious works! Because beautiful garments can cover the limbs, but not decorate the conscience. So we must first adorn the constitution of the inner man, so that the outer man may also be adorned by clothing. (H. Maximus, Bishop of Turin, + ca.420)
First Reading Sef. 3, 1-2. 9-13
From the Prophet Zephaniah.
Woe to the rebellious, defiled, violent city!
She does not listen to any admonition,
she does not want instruction,
she does not trust in the Lord,
and does not draw near to her God.
I will give
other clean lips to the nations .
Then they will all call on the name of the Lord
and serve Him with one accord.
From across the rivers of Ethiopia,
whither they are scattered,
they bring me their sacrifices, those that worship me.
Then there will be no more iniquity among you against Me, of
which you are ashamed,
for I will remove
the proud boasters from among you;
on my holy mountain
you will no longer misbehave.
I leave with you only
a humble, modest people,
who find refuge in the name of the Lord,
the rest of Israel.
They no longer do injustice,
they no longer tell lies,
and there is no more insidious tongue in their mouth.
They will feed and lie down quietly
without startling anyone else.
INTERMEDIATE SONG Ps. 34 (33), 2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Those crying out in need, to them the Lord listens.
praise the Lord every day, His praise is always on my lips.
My spirit is proud of the favor of the Lord,
let everyone who hears rejoice.
If you rely on Him, you will be happy,
because He will not disappoint you.
They cry in need, the Lord listens to them
and delivers them from their misery.
He turns away evil doers;
they are forgotten in the earth.
The Lord listens to the pious who call
and delivers them from every need.
The Lord is near to repentant hearts,
He helps those who acknowledge guilt.
The Lord saves the life of those who serve Him, whoever
flees to Him will not fear punishment.
The Lord is coming to deliver His people;
blessed are those ready to meet Him.
GOSPEL Mt. 21, 28-32
John came and sinners gave him faith.
From the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to
At that time Jesus said to the high priests
and the elders of the people,
“What do you think of the following?
“A man had two sons.
“He went to the first and said,
My son, go and work in my vineyard today.
“Good father,” he replied,
but he didn’t.
Then he went to the second and said the same.
“The man answered, No, I will not;
but later he regretted and went anyway.
“Which of the two has now done the will of his father?”
Then Jesus said to them,
“Verily I say to you,
the tax collectors and the obscene women
enter the kingdom of God before you.
“John came to you and worked righteousness;
yet you gave him no faith,
while the tax collectors and the obscene women
did believe him.
“But even after you saw this,
you did not repent,
nor did you believe him.”
OF THE HOLY FATHER
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
15. It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter, which is now added to the body of the Church’s social teaching, can help us to acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face. I will begin by briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today, letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows. I will then consider some principles drawn from the Judaeo-Christian tradition which can render our commitment to the environment more coherent. I will then attempt to get to the roots of the present situation, so as to consider not only its symptoms but also its deepest causes. This will help to provide an approach to ecology which respects our unique place as human beings in this world and our relationship to our surroundings. In light of this reflection, I will advance some broader proposals for dialogue and action which would involve each of us as individuals, and also affect international policy. Finally, convinced as I am that change is impossible without motivation and a process of education, I will offer some inspired guidelines for human development to be found in the treasure of Christian spiritual experience.
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