December 13th, 2017

Lucia, Martyr


First Reading: Is. 29:15-30:14


15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD,
      And their works are in the dark;
      They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”
       16 Surely you have things turned around!
      Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;
      For shall the thing made say of him who made it,
      “ He did not make me”?
      Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it,
      “ He has no understanding”?

Future Recovery of Wisdom
    17 Is it not yet a very little while
      Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
      And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?
       18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book,
      And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
       19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD,
      And the poor among men shall rejoice
      In the Holy One of Israel.
       20 For the terrible one is brought to nothing,
      The scornful one is consumed,
      And all who watch for iniquity are cut off—
       21 Who make a man an offender by a word,
      And lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
      And turn aside the just by empty words. 22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
      “ Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
      Nor shall his face now grow pale;
       23 But when he sees his children,
      The work of My hands, in his midst,
      They will hallow My name,
      And hallow the Holy One of Jacob,
      And fear the God of Israel.
       24 These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding,
      And those who complained will learn doctrine.”
Futile Confidence in Egypt
 1 “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the LORD,

   “Who take counsel, but not of Me,
      And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit,
      That they may add sin to sin;
       2 Who walk to go down to Egypt,
      And have not asked My advice,
      To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
      And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
       3 Therefore the strength of Pharaoh
      Shall be your shame,
      And trust in the shadow of Egypt
      Shall be your humiliation.
       4 For his princes were at Zoan,
      And his ambassadors came to Hanes.
       5 They were all ashamed of a people who could not benefit them,
      Or be help or benefit,
      But a shame and also a reproach.” 6 The burden against the beasts of the South.
      Through a land of trouble and anguish,
      From which came the lioness and lion,
      The viper and fiery flying serpent,
      They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys,
      And their treasures on the humps of camels,
      To a people who shall not profit;
       7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose.
      Therefore I have called her
      Rahab-Hem-Shebeth.[a]

A Rebellious People
    8 Now go, write it before them on a tablet,
      And note it on a scroll,
      That it may be for time to come,
      Forever and ever:
       9 That this is a rebellious people,
      Lying children,
      Children who will not hear the law of the LORD;
       10 Who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
      And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things;
      Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
       11 Get out of the way,
      Turn aside from the path,
      Cause the Holy One of Israel
      To cease from before us.” 12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel:
      “ Because you despise this word,
      And trust in oppression and perversity,
      And rely on them,
       13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you
      Like a breach ready to fall,
      A bulge in a high wall,
      Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.
       14 And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter’s vessel,
      Which is broken in pieces;
      He shall not spare.
      So there shall not be found among its fragments
      A shard to take fire from the hearth,
      Or to take water from the cistern.”

Footnotes:Isaiah 30:7 Literally Rahab Sits Idle


Second Reading: Rev. 1:1-20


Introduction and Benediction

 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Greeting the Seven Churches

   
 4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed[a] us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings[b] and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”[c] says the Lord,[d] “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Vision of the Son of Man

    9 I, John, both[e] your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,”[f] and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia:[g] to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,[h] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write[i] the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw[j] are the seven churches.

Footnotes:Revelation 1:5 NU-Text reads loves us and freed; M-Text reads loves us and washed. Revelation 1:6 NU-Text and M-Text read a kingdom. Revelation 1:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit the Beginning and the End. Revelation 1:8 NU-Text and M-Text add God. Revelation 1:9 NU-Text and M-Text omit both. Revelation 1:11 NU-Text and M-Text omit I am through third and. Revelation 1:11 NU-Text and M-Text omit which are in Asia. Revelation 1:17 NU-Text and M-Text omit to me. Revelation 1:19 NU-Text and M-Text read Therefore, write. Revelation 1:20 NU-Text and M-Text omit which you saw.


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