December 16th, 2017

Saturday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

First Reading: Is. 32:1-20

A Reign of Righteousness

 1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
      And princes will rule with justice.
       2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
      And a cover from the tempest,
      As rivers of water in a dry place,
      As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
       3 The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
      And the ears of those who hear will listen.
       4 Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
      And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
       5 The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
      Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
       6 For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
      And his heart will work iniquity:
      To practice ungodliness,
      To utter error against the LORD,
      To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
      And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
       7 Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
      He devises wicked plans
      To destroy the poor with lying words,
      Even when the needy speaks justice.
       8 But a generous man devises generous things,
      And by generosity he shall stand.

Consequences of Complacency

    9 Rise up, you women who are at ease,
      Hear my voice;
      You complacent daughters,
      Give ear to my speech.
       10 In a year and some days
      You will be troubled, you complacent women;
      For the vintage will fail,
      The gathering will not come.
       11 Tremble, you women who are at ease;
      Be troubled, you complacent ones;
      Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare,
      And gird sackcloth on your waists.
       12 People shall mourn upon their breasts
      For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
       13 On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers,
      Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city;
       14 Because the palaces will be forsaken,
      The bustling city will be deserted.
      The forts and towers will become lairs forever,
      A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks—
       15 Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
      And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
      And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.

The Peace of God’s Reign

    16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
      And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
       17 The work of righteousness will be peace,
      And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
       18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
      In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
       19 Though hail comes down on the forest,
      And the city is brought low in humiliation.
       20 Blessed are you who sow beside all waters,
      Who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Second Reading: Rev. 4:1-11

The Throne Room of Heaven

 1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was[a] like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns[b] of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.[c] Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the[d] seven Spirits of God. 6 Before the throne there was[e] a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
      “ Holy, holy, holy,[f]
      Lord God Almighty,
      Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
       11 “ You are worthy, O Lord,[g]
      To receive glory and honor and power;
      For You created all things,
      And by Your will they exist[h] and were created.”

Footnotes:Revelation 4:3 M-Text omits And He who sat there was (which makes the description in verse 3 modify the throne rather than God). Revelation 4:4 NU-Text and M-Text read robes, with crowns. Revelation 4:5 NU-Text and M-Text read voices, and thunderings. Revelation 4:5 M-Text omits the. Revelation 4:6 NU-Text and M-Text add something like. Revelation 4:8 M-Text has holy nine times. Revelation 4:11 NU-Text and M-Text read our Lord and God. Revelation 4:11 NU-Text and M-Text read existed.


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