January 4th, 2018

Christmastide XI


First Reading: Is. 63:15-65:2


Prayer for Mercy

 15(A) Look down from heaven and see,
   (B) from your holy and beautiful[a] habitation.Where are(C) your zeal and your might?
   The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion
   are held back from me. 16For(D) you are our Father,
   though Abraham does not know us,
   and Israel does not acknowledge us;you, O LORD, are our Father,
   (E) our Redeemer from of old is your name. 17O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways
   and(F) harden our heart, so that we fear you not?(G) Return for the sake of your servants,
   the tribes of your heritage. 18(H) Your holy people held possession for a little while;[b]
   (I) our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary. 19(J) We have become like those over whom you have never ruled,
   like those who are not called by your name.

 1(K) Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
   (L) that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2[c] as when fire kindles brushwood
   and the fire causes water to boil—(M) to make your name known to your adversaries,
   and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3(N) When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
   you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4(O) From of old no one has heard
   or perceived by the ear,(P) no eye has seen a God besides you,
   who acts for those who wait for him. 5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
   those who remember you in your ways.Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
   in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?[d] 6(Q) We have all become like one who is unclean,
   and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.(R) We all fade like a leaf,
   and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7(S) There is no one who calls upon your name,
   who rouses himself to take hold of you;for you have hidden your face from us,
   and have made us melt in[e] the hand of our iniquities.

 8(T) But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
   (U) we are the clay, and you are our potter;
   (V) we are all the work of your hand. 9(W) Be not so terribly angry, O LORD,
   (X) and remember not iniquity forever.
   Behold, please look, we are all your people. 10(Y) Your holy cities have become a wilderness;
   Zion has become a wilderness,
   Jerusalem a desolation. 11(Z) Our holy and beautiful[f] house,
   where our fathers praised you,has been burned by fire,
   and all our pleasant places have become ruins. 12(AA) Will you restrain yourself at these things, O LORD?
   Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?

Judgment and Salvation

 1(AB) I was ready to be sought by(AC) those who did not ask for me;
   I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.I said, "Here am I, here am I,"
   to a nation that was not called by[g] my name. 2(AD) I spread out my hands all the day
   to a rebellious people,who walk in a way that is not good,
   following their own devices;

Footnotes:Isaiah 63:15 Or holy and glorious Isaiah 63:18 Or They have dispossessed your holy people for a little while Isaiah 64:2 Ch 64:1 in Hebrew Isaiah 64:5 Or in your ways is continuance, that we might be saved Isaiah 64:7 Masoretic Text; Septuagint, Syriac, Targum have delivered us into Isaiah 64:11 Or holy and glorious Isaiah 65:1 Or that did not call upon
Cross references:Isaiah 63:15 : Deut 26:15 Isaiah 63:15 : Psalm 33:14 Isaiah 63:15 : Isaiah 59:17; Zech 1:14 Isaiah 63:16 : Isaiah 64:8; Deut 32:6 Isaiah 63:16 : Isaiah 43:14 Isaiah 63:17 : Isaiah 6:10; John 12:40 Isaiah 63:17 : Psalm 90:13 Isaiah 63:18 : Deut 4:25, 26 Isaiah 63:18 : Isaiah 64:11 Isaiah 63:19 : Jer 14:8 Isaiah 64:1 : 2 Sam 22:10; Psalm 18:9; 144:5 Isaiah 64:1 : Judg 5:5; Mic 1:4 Isaiah 64:2 : Josh 2:9, 10 Isaiah 64:3 : Exodus 14:13; 15:11 Isaiah 64:4 : Psalm 31:19 Isaiah 64:4 : 1 Cor 2:9 Isaiah 64:6 : Isaiah 59:12-15 Isaiah 64:6 : Psalm 90:5, 6 Isaiah 64:7 : Isaiah 43:22; Hos 7:7 Isaiah 64:8 : Isaiah 63:16 Isaiah 64:8 : Isaiah 45:9; Rom 9:20, 21 Isaiah 64:8 : Isaiah 29:23; 45:11 Isaiah 64:9 : Isaiah 57:16; Psalm 74:1, 2 Isaiah 64:9 : Psalm 79:8 Isaiah 64:10 : Neh 1:3; 2:3 Isaiah 64:11 : Hag 1:9; 2:3; 2 Kgs 25:9; 2 Chr 36:19; Psalm 74:7 Isaiah 64:12 : Isaiah 42:14; Zech 1:12 Isaiah 65:1 : Cited Rom 10:20; Eph 2:12, 13 Isaiah 65:1 : Isaiah 2:2, 3; 18:7; 19:19, 25; Zech 14:16 Isaiah 65:2 : Rom 10:21


Second Reading: Luke 2:41-52


The Boy Jesus in the Temple

 41Now(A) his parents went(B) to Jerusalem every year at(C) the Feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old,(D) they went up according to custom. 43And when the feast(E) was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.(F) His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple,(G) sitting among(H) the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when his parents[a] saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold,(I) your father and I have been searching for you in great distress." 49And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that(J) I must be in(K) my Father’s house?"[b] 50And(L) they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And(M) his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

 52And Jesus(N) increased in wisdom and in stature[c] and in favor with God and man.

Footnotes:Luke 2:48 Greek they Luke 2:49 Or about my Father’s business Luke 2:52 Or years
Cross references:Luke 2:41 : Luke 2:27 Luke 2:41 : 1 Sam 1:3 Luke 2:41 : Exodus 23:15; Deut 16:1; John 2:13 Luke 2:42 : John 11:55 Luke 2:43 : Exodus 12:15; Lev 23:8; Deut 16:3 Luke 2:43 : Luke 2:41 Luke 2:46 : Matt 26:55 Luke 2:46 : Luke 5:17 Luke 2:48 : Luke 2:27; Luke 2:49 Luke 2:49 : Luke 13:33 Luke 2:49 : John 2:16; 14:2 Luke 2:50 : Luke 18:34; Mark 9:32 Luke 2:51 : Luke 2:19 Luke 2:52 : 1 Sam 2:26


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