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Cycle B – Gospel of Mark

The first Sunday of Advent ushers in one of the three cycles of Scripture readings used at Mass. In 2023, the First Sunday of Advent begins Cycle B, in which we read the Gospel of Mark and chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. The overall theme of Cycle B is to emphasize the humanity of Jesus and his role as one who “came to serve, not be served, and give his life as a ransom for many” Mk 10:45. The First Readings of the Advent Masses of Cycle B speak to us of the joy of being loved by God.

Week 1

First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2023 – We are cared for as beloved children

From the First Reading: “ O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.” (Is. 64:7)

Week 2

Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2023 – The Lord is the Good Shepherd

From the First Reading: “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.” (Is 40:9-11)

Week 3

Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2023 – We are joyful in the presence of God

From the First Reading: “[I]n my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice...” (Is 61:10)

Week 4

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2023 – The Lord is always faithful

Responsorial Psalm: “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!” (Ps 89:1)