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First Reading for the Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11

Summary: Elijah, a prophet of fiery words, performed miraculous deeds, influencing nature and demonstrating God's power. Taken to heaven in a whirlwind, he's destined to return before the Lord's day.

Elijah's Fiery Zeal

In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace.

Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; by the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire.

How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours?

You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses.

You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.

Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship.

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