December 18th, 2017

Monday of Gaudete (Advent 3)


First Reading: Is. 34:1-2; Is. 34:8-35:10


Judgment on the Nations

 1 Come near, you nations, to hear;
      And heed, you people!
       Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
      The world and all things that come forth from it.
       2 For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations,
      And His fury against all their armies;
      He has utterly destroyed them,
      He has given them over to the slaughter.
      





8 For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance,
      The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
       9 Its streams shall be turned into pitch,
      And its dust into brimstone;
      Its land shall become burning pitch.
       10 It shall not be quenched night or day;
      Its smoke shall ascend forever.
      From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
      No one shall pass through it forever and ever.
       11 But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it,
      Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it.
      And He shall stretch out over it
      The line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.
       12 They shall call its nobles to the kingdom,
      But none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing.
       13 And thorns shall come up in its palaces,
      Nettles and brambles in its fortresses;
      It shall be a habitation of jackals,
      A courtyard for ostriches.
       14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the jackals,
      And the wild goat shall bleat to its companion;
      Also the night creature shall rest there,
      And find for herself a place of rest.
       15 There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs
      And hatch, and gather them under her shadow;
      There also shall the hawks be gathered,
      Every one with her mate.
       16 “ Search from the book of the LORD, and read:
      Not one of these shall fail;
      Not one shall lack her mate.
      For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.
       17 He has cast the lot for them,
      And His hand has divided it among them with a measuring line.
      They shall possess it forever;
      From generation to generation they shall dwell in it.”

The Future Glory of Zion

 1 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
      And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
       2 It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
      Even with joy and singing.
      The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
      The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
      They shall see the glory of the LORD,
      The excellency of our God.
       3 Strengthen the weak hands,
      And make firm the feeble knees.
       4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
      “ Be strong, do not fear!
      Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
      With the recompense of God;
      He will come and save you.”
       5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
      And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
       6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
      And the tongue of the dumb sing.
      For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
      And streams in the desert.
       7 The parched ground shall become a pool,
      And the thirsty land springs of water;
      In the habitation of jackals, where each lay,
      There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
       8 A highway shall be there, and a road,
      And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
      The unclean shall not pass over it,
      But it shall be for others.
      Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
      Shall not go astray.
       9 No lion shall be there,
      Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it;
      It shall not be found there.
      But the redeemed shall walk there,
       10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
      And come to Zion with singing,
      With everlasting joy on their heads.
      They shall obtain joy and gladness,
      And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.



Second Reading: Rev. 6:1-17


First Seal: The Conqueror

 1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals;[a] and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth

    3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”[b] 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

    5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart[c] of wheat for a denarius,[d] and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

    7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs

    9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

    12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold,[e] there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon[f] became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders,[g] the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Footnotes:Revelation 6:1 NU-Text and M-Text read seven seals. Revelation 6:3 NU-Text and M-Text omit and see. Revelation 6:6 Greek choinix; that is, approximately one quart Revelation 6:6 This was approximately one day’s wage for a worker. Revelation 6:12 NU-Text and M-Text omit behold. Revelation 6:12 NU-Text and M-Text read the whole moon. Revelation 6:15 NU-Text and M-Text read the commanders, the rich men.


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