January 4th, 2018

Christmastide XI


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


 15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

 16Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

 17O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

 18The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

 19We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.

 1Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

 2As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

 3When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

 4For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

 5Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

 6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 7And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

 8But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

 9Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.

 10Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

 11Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

 12Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

 1I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

 2I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;



Second Reading: Luke 2:41-52


 41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

 43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

 44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

 46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

 47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

 48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

 50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

 51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.



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