November 15th, 2017

Wednesday of Third Last Sunday


First Reading: Jer. 30:1-24


Restoration of Israel and Judah

   The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 “Thus speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you. 3 For behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the LORD. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’” 4 Now these are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah. 5 “For thus says the LORD:
      ‘ We have heard a voice of trembling,
      Of fear, and not of peace.
       6 Ask now, and see,
      Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
      So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
      Like a woman in labor,
      And all faces turned pale?
       7 Alas! For that day is great,
      So that none is like it;
      And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
      But he shall be saved out of it.
       8 ‘ For it shall come to pass in that day,’
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      ‘ That I will break his yoke from your neck,
      And will burst your bonds;
      Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
       9 But they shall serve the LORD their God,
      And David their king,
      Whom I will raise up for them.
       10 ‘ Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the LORD,
      ‘ Nor be dismayed, O Israel;
      For behold, I will save you from afar,
      And your seed from the land of their captivity.
      Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet,
      And no one shall make him afraid.
       11 For I am with you,’ says the LORD, ‘to save you;
      Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
      Yet I will not make a complete end of you.
      But I will correct you in justice,
      And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’ 12 “For thus says the LORD:
      ‘ Your affliction is incurable,
      Your wound is severe.
       13 There is no one to plead your cause,
      That you may be bound up;
      You have no healing medicines.
       14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
      They do not seek you;
      For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy,
      With the chastisement of a cruel one,
      For the multitude of your iniquities,
      Becauseyour sins have increased.
       15 Why do you cry about your affliction?
      Your sorrow is incurable.
      Because of the multitude of your iniquities,
      Because your sins have increased,
      I have done these things to you.
       16 ‘ Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured;
      And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
      Those who plunder you shall become plunder,
      And all who prey upon you I will make a prey.
       17 For I will restore health to you
      And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD,
      ‘ Because they called you an outcast saying:
      “ This is Zion;
      No one seeks her.”’ 18 “Thus says the LORD:
      ‘ Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents,
      And have mercy on his dwelling places;
      The city shall be built upon its own mound,
      And the palace shall remain according to its own plan.
       19 Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving
      And the voice of those who make merry;
      I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish;
      I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
       20 Their children also shall be as before,
      And their congregation shall be established before Me;
      And I will punish all who oppress them.
       21 Their nobles shall be from among them,
      And their governor shall come from their midst;
      Then I will cause him to draw near,
      And he shall approach Me;
      For who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ says the LORD.
       22 ‘ You shall be My people,
      And I will be your God.’”
       23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD
      Goes forth with fury,
      A continuing whirlwind;
      It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
       24 The fierce anger of the LORD will not return until He has done it,
      And until He has performed the intents of His heart.
      In the latter days you will consider it.



Second Reading: Matt. 26:57-75


Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin

    57 And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests, the elders,[a] and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none.[b] But at last two false witnesses[c] came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’” 62 And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” 63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” 67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”

Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly

    69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” 71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” 73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” 74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

Footnotes:Matthew 26:59 NU-Text omits the elders. Matthew 26:60 NU-Text puts a comma after but found none, does not capitalize Even, and omits they found none. Matthew 26:60 NU-Text omits false witnesses.


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