December 9th, 2017

Saturday of Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

First Reading: Is. 26:1-19

A Song of Salvation

 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
      “ We have a strong city;
      Godwill appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
       2 Open the gates,
      That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
       3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
      Whose mind is stayed on You,
      Because he trusts in You.
       4 Trust in the LORD forever,
      For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.[a]
       5 For He brings down those who dwell on high,
      The lofty city;
      He lays it low,
      He lays it low to the ground,
      He brings it down to the dust.
       6 The foot shall tread it down—
      The feet of the poor
      And the steps of the needy.”
       7 The way of the just is uprightness;
      O Most Upright,
      You weigh the path of the just.
       8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments,
      O LORD, we have waited for You;
      The desire of our soul is for Your name
      And for the remembrance of You.
       9 With my soul I have desired You in the night,
      Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
      For when Your judgments are in the earth,
      The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
       10 Let grace be shown to the wicked,
      Yet he will not learn righteousness;
      In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,
      And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
       11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.
      But they will see and be ashamed
      For their envy of people;
      Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.
       12 LORD, You will establish peace for us,
      For You have also done all our works in us.
       13 O LORD our God, masters besides You
      Have had dominion over us;
      But by You only we make mention of Your name.
       14 They are dead, they will not live;
      They are deceased, they will not rise.
      Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
      And made all their memory to perish.
       15 You have increased the nation, O LORD,
      You have increased the nation;
      You are glorified;
      You have expanded all the borders of the land.
       16 LORD, in trouble they have visited You,
      They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
       17 As a woman with child
      Is in pain and cries out in her pangs,
      When she draws near the time of her delivery,
      So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.
       18 We have been with child, we have been in pain;
      We have, as it were, brought forth wind;
      We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth,
      Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
       19 Your dead shall live;
      Together with my dead body[b] they shall arise.
      Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;
      For your dew is like the dew of herbs,
      And the earth shall cast out the dead.

Footnotes:Isaiah 26:4 Or Rock of Ages Isaiah 26:19 Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Syriac and Targum read their dead bodies; Septuagint reads those in the tombs.

Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-24

 1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God![a] Therefore the world does not know us,[b] because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Sin and the Child of God
    4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
The Imperative of Love
    10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother[c] abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
The Outworking of Love
    16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know[d] that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us[e] commandment.
The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
    24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Footnotes:1 John 3:1 NU-Text adds And we are. 1 John 3:1 M-Text reads you. 1 John 3:14 NU-Text omits his brother. 1 John 3:19 NU-Text reads we shall know. 1 John 3:23 M-Text omits us.


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