January 29th, 2018

Monday of Septuagesima

First Reading: Zech. 8:1-23

Jerusalem, Holy City of the Future

 1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ I am zealous for Zion with great zeal;
      With great fervor I am zealous for her.’ 3 “Thus says the LORD:
      ‘ I will return to Zion,
      And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
      Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth,
      The Mountain of the LORD of hosts,
      The Holy Mountain.’ 4 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ Old men and old women shall again sit
      In the streets of Jerusalem,
      Each one with his staff in his hand
      Because of great age.
       5 The streets of the city
      Shall be full of boys and girls
      Playing in its streets.’ 6 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days,
      Will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’
      Says the LORD of hosts. 7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east
      And from the land of the west;
       8 I will bring them back,
      And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
      They shall be My people
      And I will be their God,
      In truth and righteousness.’ 9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ Let your hands be strong,
      You who have been hearing in these days
      These words by the mouth of the prophets,
      Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid
      For the house of the LORD of hosts,
      That the temple might be built.
       10 For before these days
      There were no wages for man nor any hire for beast;
      There was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in;
      For I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor.

 11 But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the LORD of hosts.
       12 ‘ For the seed shall be prosperous,
      The vine shall give its fruit,
      The ground shall give her increase,
      And the heavens shall give their dew—
      I will cause the remnant of this people
      To possess all these.
       13 And it shall come to pass
      That just as you were a curse among the nations,
      O house of Judah and house of Israel,
      So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.
      Do not fear,
      Let your hands be strong.’ 14 “For thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ Just as I determined to punish you
      When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      ‘ And I would not relent,
       15 So again in these days
      I am determined to do good
      To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
      Do not fear.
       16 These are the things you shall do:
      Speak each man the truth to his neighbor;
      Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
       17 Let none of you think evil in your[a] heart against your neighbor;
      And do not love a false oath.
      For all these are things that I hate,’
      Says the LORD.” 18 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 19 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ The fast of the fourth month,
      The fast of the fifth,
      The fast of the seventh,
      And the fast of the tenth,
      Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts
      For the house of Judah.
      Therefore love truth and peace.’ 20 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      ‘ Peoples shall yet come,
      Inhabitants of many cities;
       21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,
      “ Let us continue to go and pray before the LORD,
      And seek the LORD of hosts.
      I myself will go also.”
       22 Yes, many peoples and strong nations
      Shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem,
      And to pray before the LORD.’ 23 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

Footnotes:Zechariah 8:17 Literally his

Second Reading: 2 Tim. 1:1-18


 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ[a] by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Timothy’s Faith and Heritage

    3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

    8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.[b] 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Be Loyal to the Faith

    13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 15 This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. 18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me[c] at Ephesus.

Footnotes:2 Timothy 1:1 NU-Text and M-Text read Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:11 NU-Text omits of the Gentiles. 2 Timothy 1:18 To me is from the Vulgate and a few Greek manuscripts.


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