First Reading (Daniel 12, 1 – 3)
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel
In those days, I, Daniel, heard this word of the Lord : “At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time of unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.”
R/ You are my inheritance, O Lord.
O Lord, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R/
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in confidence; because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. R/
You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. R/
Second Reading (Heb 10, 11 – 14, 18)
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters : Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.
R/ Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of of Man.
The Gospel (Mk 13, 24 – 32)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
Jesus said to his disciples : “In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away untill all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
To be near God is my happiness, to place my hope in God the Lord.