December 3rd, 2018

Monday of Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

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

The Punishment of Samaria

    8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
      And it has fallen on Israel.
       9 All the people will know—
      Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria—
      Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
       10 “ The bricks have fallen down,
      But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
      The sycamores are cut down,
      But we will replace them with cedars.”
       11 Therefore the LORD shall set up
      The adversaries of Rezin against him,
      And spur his enemies on,
       12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
      And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.
       13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,
      Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
       14 Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel,
      Palm branch and bulrush in one day.
       15 The elder and honorable, he is the head;
      The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
       16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err,
      And those who are led by them are destroyed.
       17 Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men,
      Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows;
      For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer,
      And every mouth speaks folly.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.
       18 For wickedness burns as the fire;
      It shall devour the briers and thorns,
      And kindle in the thickets of the forest;
      They shall mount up like rising smoke.
       19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts
      The land is burned up,
      And the people shall be as fuel for the fire;
      No man shall spare his brother.
       20 And he shall snatch on the right hand
      And be hungry;
      He shall devour on the left hand
      And not be satisfied;
      Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
       21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
      Together they shall be against Judah.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.

 1 “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees,
      Who write misfortune,
      Which they have prescribed
       2 To rob the needy of justice,
      And to take what is right from the poor of My people,
      That widows may be their prey,
      And that they may rob the fatherless.
       3 What will you do in the day of punishment,
      And in the desolation which will come from afar?
      To whom will you flee for help?
      And where will you leave your glory?
       4 Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners,
      And they shall fall among the slain.”
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.

Arrogant Assyria Also Judged

    5 “ Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
      And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.
       6 I will send him against an ungodly nation,
      And against the people of My wrath
      I will give him charge,
      To seize the spoil, to take the prey,
      And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
       7 Yet he does not mean so,
      Nor does his heart think so;
      But it is in his heart to destroy,
      And cut off not a few nations.
       8 For he says,
      ‘ Are not my princes altogether kings?
       9 Is not Calno like Carchemish?
      Is not Hamath like Arpad?
      Is not Samaria like Damascus?
       10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,
      Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
       11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols,
      Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?’”

Second Reading: 1 Pt. 5:1-14

Shepherd the Flock

 1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,[a] not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

Submit to God, Resist the Devil

    5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
      “ God resists the proud,
      But gives grace to the humble.”[b]

 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[c] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[d] the God of all grace, who called us[e] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Farewell and Peace

    12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. 13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Footnotes:1 Peter 5:2 NU-Text adds according to God. 1 Peter 5:5 Proverbs 3:34 1 Peter 5:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit because. 1 Peter 5:10 NU-Text reads But the God of all grace . . . will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read you.


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