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December 2031: Mass Readings and Resources

December 2031 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in December 2031 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

December 2031 Liturgical Calendar

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

Monday December 1, 2031

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.

Tuesday December 2, 2031

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 3, 2031

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.

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.

Thursday December 4, 2031

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.

Saturday December 6, 2031

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.

Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

In the Gospel for Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent, Matthew 9:3510:1, 5a, 6-8, we witness Jesus' deep compassion for the crowds and His call to His disciples to join in His mission of healing and preaching. This passage speaks powerfully to the Advent theme of preparation, as it illustrates the preparatory work of Jesus in establishing His ministry and the role of His followers in continuing that mission.

Sunday December 7, 2031

2nd Sunday of Advent Year A

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year A are a call to repentance. Am I ready to change or am I complacent and comfortable the way I am? Am I ready to ask God for help?

Monday December 8, 2031

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.

Tuesday December 9, 2031

St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

St. Juan Diego was a native American peasant who is known for telling the world about Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was the first saint who was indigenous to the Americas.

Wednesday December 10, 2031

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

The Gospel reading for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent, Matthew 11:28-30, presents a profound and comforting message from Jesus: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." In the midst of Advent, a season often marked by busyness and anticipation, these words offer a moment of solace and reflection. Jesus invites all who are weary and burdened to find rest in Him, which resonates deeply during this time of preparation for His birth.

Thursday December 11, 2031

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 12, 2031

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.

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 13, 2031

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.

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 14, 2031

3rd Sunday of Advent Year A - Gaudete Sunday

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year A help us consider the signs of our salvation. Faith is a clear topic here. Do I really believe in Jesus Christ as my savior? Here are some ideas for this week.

Thursday December 18, 2031

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.

Friday December 19, 2031

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.

Saturday December 20, 2031

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.

Sunday December 21, 2031

4th Sunday of Advent Year A

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year A challenge us to look beyond our own understanding and have faith. Do I rely on my own knowledge or am I willing to accept that there are things beyond my comprehension?

Monday December 22, 2031

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.

Tuesday December 23, 2031

Advent Weekday on December 23

In the gospel for an Advent weekday on December 23, we hear of the birth of John the Baptist. Zechariah affirms the child's name, even though it is not a family name, and then he is able to speak of it. Those who witnessed this were amazed.

Thursday December 25, 2031

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.

Friday December 26, 2031

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.

Saturday December 27, 2031

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.

Sunday December 28, 2031

The Feast of the Holy Family Year A

The readings for the Feast of the Holy Family Year A give us a look at the life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. This is a time to consider how the actions of individual family members affects the others. How can we strengthen our families and communities?

Monday December 29, 2031

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.

Tuesday December 30, 2031

6th Day in the Octave of Christmas

In the gospel for the 6th day in the Octave of Christmas, the prophetess Anna finally sees what she has been waiting for, the child who will redeem her people.

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