Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16
Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
Reading 2 Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22Brothers and sisters:It was not through the lawthat the promise was made to Abraham and his descendantsthat he would inherit the world,but through the righteousness that comes from faith.For this reason, it depends on faith,so that it may be a gift,and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,not to those who only adhere to the lawbut to those who follow the faith of Abraham,who is the father of all of us, as it is written,I have made you father of many nations.He is our father in the sight of God,in whom he believed, who gives life to the deadand calls into being what does not exist.He believed, hoping against hope,that he would become the father of many nations,according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
Verse Before THE gOSPEL Ps 84:5Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord;they never cease to praise you.
Gospel Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a
or Lk 2:41-51aEach year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,and when he was twelve years old,they went up according to festival custom.After they had completed its days, as they were returning,the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,but his parents did not know it.Thinking that he was in the caravan,they journeyed for a dayand looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,but not finding him,they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.After three days they found him in the temple,sitting in the midst of the teachers,listening to them and asking them questions,and all who heard him were astoundedat his understanding and his answers.When his parents saw him,they were astonished,and his mother said to him,"Son, why have you done this to us?Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."And he said to them,"Why were you looking for me?Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"But they did not understand what he said to them.He went down with them and came to Nazareth,and was obedient to them.
Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34
Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15.
Reading 2 Heb 5:7-9
In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.