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December 2029: Mass Readings and Resources

December 2029 is Year B in the Sunday liturgical cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for December 2029 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

December 2029

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.

Saturday December 1, 2029

Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus talks about being awake, vigilant, and prepared for the unknown tribulations coming to our lives.

Sunday December 2, 2029

1st Sunday of Advent Year B

The readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B are a call to be alert in waiting for the coming of the Lord. So perhaps this Sunday talk about some ways we can make ourselves ready to be transformed by the Advent season. Here are some ideas.

Monday December 3, 2029

Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

In the gospel for Monday of the 1st week of Adventl, a Roman centurion asks Jesus to heal his servant. And he has the faith to know that Jesus can do it without even entering the house.

St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier was one of the first members of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He and St. Ignatius of Loyala were roommates at the University of Paris. St. Ignatius was forming the new order, and St. Francis Xavier joined.

Tuesday December 4, 2029

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 1st week of Advent, Jesus prays to the Father in the Spirit. We hear Jesus praising the Father in this lovely outpouring.

Wednesday December 5, 2029

Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent from Matthew 15:29-37, we encounter the compassionate miracle of Jesus feeding the four thousand. This passage, set in the context of the first week of Advent, reminds us of the themes of anticipation and divine providence. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation, not just for the celebration of Jesus' birth but also for His second coming.

Thursday December 6, 2029

St. Nicholas

December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas was a fourth century bishop who is the origin of the Santa Claus story. He was known for his generosity and his habit of secret gift giving.

Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent

In the Gospel reading for Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent, from Matthew 7:21, 24-27, Jesus presents a teaching on the importance of not only hearing His words but also acting upon them. This passage, situated in the early days of Advent, resonates with the season's call for preparation and introspection. Jesus emphasizes that it is not enough to simply profess faith verbally\; true discipleship is demonstrated through action.

Friday December 7, 2029

St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor

St. Ambrose was a 4th century bishop. He was known for his humility. He was instrumental in the conversion of St. Augustine and was the one who baptized him.

Saturday December 8, 2029

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This holy day is often misunderstood. It celebrates the conception of Mary, not Jesus.

Sunday December 9, 2029

2nd Sunday of Advent Year B

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B tell us of John the Baptist and his call to repentance. Some possible topics for this weekend are baptism, reconciliation, or the sacraments in general. Here are some ideas.

Monday December 10, 2029

Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent

In the gospel for Monday of the 2nd week of Advent, some men help a friend by lowering him through the roof so Jesus can heal him.

Wednesday December 12, 2029

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 is the feast day of the Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She appeared to Juan Diego, a Native American, in1531 and her image miraculously appeared on his cloak.

Thursday December 13, 2029

St. Lucy (or St. Lucia)

December 13 is the feast day of St. Lucy (or St. Lucia). Lucia means "light". St. Lucy is the patroness of the blind, martyrs,epidemics\; salesmen, throat infections, and writers.

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent

In the Gospel reading for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent, Matthew 11:11-15, Jesus speaks highly of John the Baptist. Advent, a season of preparation and anticipation, mirrors Johns mission. Johns life and message encourage us to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ.

Friday December 14, 2029

St. John of the Cross

December 14 is the feast day of St. John of the Cross. He was a sixteenth century mystic and poet who worked with St. Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite order.

Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent

In the gospel for Friday of the 2nd week of Advent, Jesus speaks of people who complain no matter what he is doing.

Saturday December 15, 2029

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

In the gospel for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent, Jesus compares John the Baptist to Elijah, and comments that the people did not recognize him as a prophet.

Sunday December 16, 2029

3rd Sunday of Advent Year B

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year B (Gaudete Sunday) encourage us to rejoice because our salvation is near. Some possible topics for this weekend are hopeful waiting, humility, and joy. Here are some ideas.

Tuesday December 18, 2029

Advent Weekday on December 18

In the gospel for an Advent weekday on December 18, Joseph is told in a dream that he should not divorce Mary because she is pregnant. He hears that she will bear "God with us" and he trusts in the message.

Wednesday December 19, 2029

Advent Weekday on December 19

In the gospel for an Advent weekday on December 19, Zechariah learns from the angel Gabriel that he and Elizabeth will have a son, who will turn hearts and prepare the way of the Lord. But he doubts and is struck mute.

Thursday December 20, 2029

Advent Weekday on December 20

In the gospel for an Advent weekday on December 20l, we hear how the angel Gabriel visits Mary and tells her she has be chosen to be the mother of the Son of God. She responds with her fiat, let it be done.

Friday December 21, 2029

Advent Weekday on December 21

In the gospel for an Advent weekday on December 21, we hear of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. John the Baptist leaps in the womb of Elizabeth when Mary, the bearer of our Lord, greets her.

Saturday December 22, 2029

Advent Weekday on December 22

In the gospel for an Advent weekday on December 22, Mary praises God in her beautiful prayer, the Magnificat. She sings of God's mercy, especially for the lowly and those without power.

Sunday December 23, 2029

4th Sunday of Advent Year B

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year B speak of the original Ark of the Covenant and of the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant. So perhaps talk about Mary and her role in our salvation. And think about how we can also be a dwelling place for our Lord.

Tuesday December 25, 2029

Christmas - The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

The Christmas season starts on December 25 and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. It includes the Feast of the Epiphany.

Wednesday December 26, 2029

St. Stephen Protomartyr

December 26 is the feast day of St. Stephen, the first martyr. He was a deacon in the early Church. He was accused of blasphemy and stoned to death.

Thursday December 27, 2029

St. John the Apostle and Evangelist

St. John the Apostle and Evangelist was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. He is the author of the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, and the Book of Revelation. His feast day is December 27.

Friday December 28, 2029

Feast of the Holy Innocents

December 28 is the feast day of the Holy Innocents. This day commemorates the children who were executed by Herod in fear that the newborn messiah would take his throne.

Saturday December 29, 2029

St. Thomas Becket

December 29 is the feast day of St. Thomas Becket, Martyr. He was the chancellor of King Henry II and was later appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury.

5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

On the 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas, the Gospel reading from Luke 2:22-35 invites us to contemplate the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. This event is not only a fulfillment of Jewish law but also a profound moment of revelation and prophecy. Simeon, guided by the Holy Spirit, recognizes Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Israel. His words encapsulate the universal significance of Christ's coming, reaching beyond the boundaries of Israel to all nations.

Sunday December 30, 2029

Feast of the Holy Family Year B

The readings for the Feast of the Holy Family Year B focus on the importance of family. So the topics for this weekend could include what it means to be a member of God's family. Different types of families - biological families, faith families, intentional families - could also be discussed.

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