November 29th, 2018


First Reading: Is. 5:1-25

God’s Disappointing Vineyard
 1 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
      A song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard:
      My Well-beloved has a vineyard
      On a very fruitful hill.
       2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones,
      And planted it with the choicest vine.
      He built a tower in its midst,
      And also made a winepress in it;
      So He expected it to bring forth good grapes,
      But it brought forth wild grapes.
       3 “ And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
      Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard.
       4 What more could have been done to My vineyard
      That I have not done in it?
      Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes,
      Did it bring forth wild grapes?
       5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard:
      I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned;
      And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
       6 I will lay it waste;
      It shall not be pruned or dug,
      But there shall come up briers and thorns.
      I will also command the clouds
      That they rain no rain on it.”
       7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel,
      And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
      He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
      For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
Impending Judgment on Excesses
    8 Woe to those who join house to house;
      They add field to field,
      Till there is no place
      Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
       9 In my hearing the LORD of hosts said,
      “ Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
      Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
       10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
      And a homer of seed shall yield one ephah.”
       11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
      That they may follow intoxicating drink;
      Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
       12 The harp and the strings,
      The tambourine and flute,
      And wine are in their feasts;
      But they do not regard the work of the LORD,
      Nor consider the operation of His hands.
       13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
      Because they have no knowledge;
      Their honorable men are famished,
      And their multitude dried up with thirst.
       14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
      And opened its mouth beyond measure;
      Their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
      And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.
       15 People shall be brought down,
      Each man shall be humbled,
      And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
       16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment,
      And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
       17 Then the lambs shall feed in their pasture,
      And in the waste places of the fat ones strangers shall eat.
       18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
      And sin as if with a cart rope;
       19 That say, “Let Him make speed and hasten His work,
      That we may see it;
      And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come,
      That we may know it.
       20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
      Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
      Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
       21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
      And prudent in their own sight!
       22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
      Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
       23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
      And take away justice from the righteous man!
       24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
      And the flame consumes the chaff,
      So their root will be as rottenness,
      And their blossom will ascend like dust;
      Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
      And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
       25 Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people;
      He has stretched out His hand against them
      And stricken them,
      And the hills trembled.
      Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.

Second Reading: 1 Pt. 2:1-12

 1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a] 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People
    4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
      “ Behold, I lay in Zion
      A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
      And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[b] 7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,[c]
      “ The stone which the builders rejected
      Has become the chief cornerstone,”[d]

 8 and
      “ A stone of stumbling
      And a rock of offense.”[e]

   They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Living Before the World
    11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Footnotes:1 Peter 2:2 NU-Text adds up to salvation. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16 1 Peter 2:7 NU-Text reads to those who disbelieve. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14


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