December 3rd, 2018

Monday of Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

First Reading: Is. 9:8-10:11

The Lord 's Anger Against Israel

 8 The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
       it will fall on Israel.

 9 All the people will know it—
       Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
       who say with pride
       and arrogance of heart,

 10 "The bricks have fallen down,
       but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
       the fig trees have been felled,
       but we will replace them with cedars."

 11 But the LORD has strengthened Rezin's foes against them
       and has spurred their enemies on.

 12 Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west
       have devoured Israel with open mouth.
       Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
       his hand is still upraised.

 13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them,
       nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.

 14 So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
       both palm branch and reed in a single day;

 15 the elders and prominent men are the head,
       the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

 16 Those who guide this people mislead them,
       and those who are guided are led astray.

 17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,
       nor will he pity the fatherless and widows,
       for everyone is ungodly and wicked,
       every mouth speaks vileness.
       Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
       his hand is still upraised.

 18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;
       it consumes briers and thorns,
       it sets the forest thickets ablaze,
       so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.

 19 By the wrath of the LORD Almighty
       the land will be scorched
       and the people will be fuel for the fire;
       no one will spare his brother.

 20 On the right they will devour,
       but still be hungry;
       on the left they will eat,
       but not be satisfied.
       Each will feed on the flesh of his own offspring [a] :

 21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;
       together they will turn against Judah.
       Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
       his hand is still upraised.

 1 Woe to those who make unjust laws,
       to those who issue oppressive decrees,

 2 to deprive the poor of their rights
       and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
       making widows their prey
       and robbing the fatherless.

 3 What will you do on the day of reckoning,
       when disaster comes from afar?
       To whom will you run for help?
       Where will you leave your riches?

 4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives
       or fall among the slain.
       Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
       his hand is still upraised.

God's Judgment on Assyria

 5 "Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
       in whose hand is the club of my wrath!

 6 I send him against a godless nation,
       I dispatch him against a people who anger me,
       to seize loot and snatch plunder,
       and to trample them down like mud in the streets.

 7 But this is not what he intends,
       this is not what he has in mind;
       his purpose is to destroy,
       to put an end to many nations.

 8 'Are not my commanders all kings?' he says.

 9 'Has not Calno fared like Carchemish?
       Is not Hamath like Arpad,
       and Samaria like Damascus?

 10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,
       kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria-

 11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images
       as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?' "

Footnotes:Isaiah 9:20 Or arm

Second Reading: 1 Pt. 5:1-14

To Elders and Young Men
 1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

 5Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
   "God opposes the proud
      but gives grace to the humble."[a] 6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings
 12With the help of Silas,[b] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 13She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Footnotes:1 Peter 5:5 Prov. 3:34 1 Peter 5:12 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas


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