Season of Preparation

Outline of Season of Preparation based on the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas

Isaiah gives Advent message of waiting and preparation through repentance John the Baptist–This prophet of God fulfilled the Messiah’s heralding and truly paved the way smooth through the turning hearts to repentance.

Repentance of sin opens the heart to receive grace. 

Grace is needed to allow faith to blossom.

As the feast of the Immaculate Conception takes place, the people shall know that the Lord predestined the time and place for the Savior by purifying a vessel to hold and bring forth the King, the Son of Man.

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe gives witness that Mother Mary’s role continues through the ages to “deliver” the savior unto the people.  It is not by her own power these things are done but by the Divine Mercy of the God who so loves the World that He sent his only Son to redeem it.

As the generations’ tale tells, the preparation was a guarded family, touched by God.  David was blessed as was many others.

References and Resources
Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.  

The message of the prophet Isaiah has been understood as an “Advent message” throughout the history of the Church.” Lector Workbook Year B 2009. Mary A. Ehle.
NAB Isaiah 64:3 “No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. 4 Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways! ” 
Mark 13:33 “Be watchful! Be alert!” 
NAB Luke 1:36-37 “36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived  a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God.”  NAB Mark 1: “1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ (the Son of God).  2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. 3 A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’” 4 John (the) Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”   NAB John 1: “23 He said:  “I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight the way of the Lord,”‘ as Isaiah the prophet said.””    John is the Voice Jesus is the Word by St. Augustine of Hippo Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church  “This excerpt from a sermon by St. Augustine (Sermon 293, 3: PL 1328-1329) is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the Third Sunday in Advent known as Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday. 
John 3:29 “I must decrease; He must decrease.”

Luke 1:15 Angel Gabriel promised his father Zechariah that John would “be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, 16 and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”  Christmas Vigil reading. 

Acts 13:24 “John proclaimed a baptism of repentance”   Romans 13:12-13 “12 the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness (and) put on the armor of light; 13 let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day.” Also, refer to 1 John 1 and John 8:12 “Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Isaiah 64:7 Isaiah wonders, since we continue to sin, if “God has hidden his face from the people and delivered us up to our guilt.”
Hebrews 1:3 On Christmas Day the reading from Hebrews reminds us that Jesus accomplished purification from sins.
1st Corinthians 1:3-9  Paul reminds us that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the revelation of Christ.
1st Thessalonians 5:16-24 on the third Sunday of Advent continues to say “don’t quench the Spirit”
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me” 
NAB Genesis 3: “14 Then the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all the animals and from all the wild creatures; On your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” 
2 Peter 3:8 tells us that to God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. [also Psalm 90:4]
Ephesians 1:3-5 He blessed us, he chose us, he destined us for adoption.
Galilean Journey The Mexican-American Promise by Virgilio Elizondo
2 Samuel 7:12, 14  “12 And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm.. 14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.”
Matthew 1: “17 Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah, fourteen generations.”   The Genealogy of Jesus Christ Through Mary…  Matthew 1:15, shows that Matthan is the father of Jacob, and Luke 3:23-24, show that Matthat was the father of Heli. It is not known if Matthan and Matthat are the same person. If they are the same person, that would indicate that Jacob and Heli could be brothers if they had the same mother, or half brothers if they had different mothers, or one of them could have even been adopted from the tribe of Judah. Julius Africanus (160-240) wrote in his Epistle to Aristides that Jacob and Heli were half brothers. The Bible makes no distinction between genetic birth and adoption.
1st Chronicles 3 “where the following were born to him: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon–four by Bathsheba, the daughter of Ammiel;”  
Acts 13:22-23 “God raised up David as their king; of him he testified, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.’ 23 From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.”
Readings for Season of Preparation 

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1st Week of Advent  Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2b-7 No ear has heard; but God is doing such deeds for those who wait; You have hidden your face from us. You are the potter and we are the clay1 Corinthians 1:3-9 You are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of Christ Gospel of Mark 13:33-37 Jesus said “Be watchful and alert!”  “Watch” Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8   Genesis 3:9-15,20 Adam hid; The woman was tricked by the serpent;  “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head while you strike at his heel” Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 he blessed us, he chose us, he destined us for adoption Luke 1:26-38 Mary, you will conceive a son, he will be son of God, given the throne of David.  Also Elizabeth has conceived, for nothing is impossible for God2nd Week of Advent   Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” Then the glory shall be revealed” 2 Peter 3:8-14, “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.”  The Lord does not delay; but is patient so all might come to repentance.  Wait. Mark 1:1-8 “a voice…Prepare” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming repentance. “One mightier” is coming. Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12  Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab  Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-473rd Week of Advent   Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit is upon me, anointed me; clothed me with robe of salvation. Thessalonians 5:16-24 Pray without ceasing, in all circumstances give thanks “Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophetic utterances  John 1:6-8, 19-28 John was sent from God for testimony to the light.  Answered the priests: I am not Elijah or the prophet, I am the voice…, I baptize with water 4th Week of Advent  2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16, King David asked to build a temple as the Lord’s tabernacle, The Lord promised to establish David’s house & his heir will be a son of the Lord, his kingdom forever    Romans 16:25-27, revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages now manifested  through prophetic writings to bring about obedience of faith   Luke 1:26-38  Gabriel: Hail Mary the Lord is with you.  You will conceive a son; the Lord God will give him the throne of David, the Holy Spirit will overshadow you. Elizabeth has also conceived a son.  Nothing will be impossible for God.  NATIVITY
Christmas Vigil
Isaiah 62:1-5 ‘you shall be called a new name pronounced by the mouth of the Lord” “my delight”   Acts 13:16-17, 22-26 promise to David, John proclaimed a baptism of repentance   Matthew 1:1-25 genealogy, 14, 14, 14+ Joseph dream
Isaiah 9:1-6 “walked in darkness/have seen a great light”  “name him wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace” from David’s throne   Titus 2:11-14 “saving all and training us to reject godless ways” “deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse”   Luke 2:1-14 Census, Mary & Joseph to Bethlehem, birth in a manger, angels to shepherds
Christmas Dawn
Isaiah 62:11-12 “the holy people, the redeemed”   Titus 3:4-7 saved “not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy”   Luke 2:15-20 shepherds went to manger proving true the amazing message given by the angels
Christmas Day
Isaiah 52:7-10 joyful message to Zion of peace, good news, salvation restoration redemption   Hebrews 1:1-6 “in these last days”, he “accomplished purification from sins, he took his seat at the right hand “of God   John 1:1-18  “In the beginning was the word” life, light, darkness has not overcome it” John testifies to the light.
Holy Family
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 revere mother & father   Colossians 3:12-21   Luke 2:22-40  The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.