January 3rd, 2018

Christmastide X


First Reading: Is. 63:1-14


The LORD in Judgment and Salvation

 1 Who is this who comes from Edom,
      With dyed garments from Bozrah,
      This One who is glorious in His apparel,
      Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
      “ I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
       2 Why is Your apparel red,
      And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
       3 “ I have trodden the winepress alone,
      And from the peoples no one was with Me.
      For I have trodden them in My anger,
      And trampled them in My fury;
      Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments,
      And I have stained all My robes.
       4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
      And the year of My redeemed has come.
       5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
      And I wondered
      That there was no one to uphold;
      Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me;
      And My own fury, it sustained Me.
       6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger,
      Made them drunk in My fury,
      And brought down their strength to the earth.”

God’s Mercy Remembered

    7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD
      And the praises of the LORD,
      According to all that the LORD has bestowed on us,
      And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
      Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies,
      According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.
       8 For He said, “Surely they are My people,
      Children who will not lie.”
      So He became their Savior.
       9 In all their affliction He was afflicted,
      And the Angel of His Presence saved them;
      In His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
      And He bore them and carried them
      All the days of old.
       10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit;
      So He turned Himself against them as an enemy,
      And He fought against them.
       11 Then he remembered the days of old,
      Moses and his people, saying:
      “ Where is He who brought them up out of the sea
      With the shepherd of His flock?
      Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them,
       12 Who led them by the right hand of Moses,
      With His glorious arm,
      Dividing the water before them
      To make for Himself an everlasting name,
       13 Who led them through the deep,
      As a horse in the wilderness,
      That they might not stumble?”
       14 As a beast goes down into the valley,
      And the Spirit of the LORD causes him to rest,
      So You lead Your people,
      To make Yourself a glorious name.



Second Reading: Luke 2:21-40


Circumcision of Jesus

    21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child,[a] His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

    22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”),[b] 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”[c]

Simeon Sees God’s Salvation

    25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
       29 “ Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
      According to Your word;
       30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
       31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
       32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
      And the glory of Your people Israel.” 33 And Joseph and His mother[d] marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer

    36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years,[e] who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord,[f] and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

The Family Returns to Nazareth

    39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,[g] filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Footnotes:Luke 2:21 NU-Text reads for His circumcision. Luke 2:23 Exodus 13:2, 12, 15 Luke 2:24 Leviticus 12:8 Luke 2:33 NU-Text reads And His father and mother. Luke 2:37 NU-Text reads a widow until she was eighty-four. Luke 2:38 NU-Text reads to God. Luke 2:40 NU-Text omits in spirit.


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