December 8th, 2018

Saturday of Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

First Reading: Is. 24:14-25:12

 14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
       from the west they acclaim the LORD's majesty.

 15 Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD;
       exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel,
       in the islands of the sea.

 16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing:
       "Glory to the Righteous One."
       But I said, "I waste away, I waste away!
       Woe to me!
       The treacherous betray!
       With treachery the treacherous betray!"

 17 Terror and pit and snare await you,
       O people of the earth.

 18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror
       will fall into a pit;
       whoever climbs out of the pit
       will be caught in a snare.
       The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
       the foundations of the earth shake.

 19 The earth is broken up,
       the earth is split asunder,
       the earth is thoroughly shaken.

 20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
       it sways like a hut in the wind;
       so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
       that it falls—never to rise again.

 21 In that day the LORD will punish
       the powers in the heavens above
       and the kings on the earth below.

 22 They will be herded together
       like prisoners bound in a dungeon;
       they will be shut up in prison
       and be punished [a] after many days.

 23 The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed;
       for the LORD Almighty will reign
       on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
       and before its elders, gloriously.

Praise to the LORD
 1 O LORD, you are my God;
       I will exalt you and praise your name,
       for in perfect faithfulness
       you have done marvelous things,
       things planned long ago.

 2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
       the fortified town a ruin,
       the foreigners' stronghold a city no more;
       it will never be rebuilt.

 3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
       cities of ruthless nations will revere you.

 4 You have been a refuge for the poor,
       a refuge for the needy in his distress,
       a shelter from the storm
       and a shade from the heat.
       For the breath of the ruthless
       is like a storm driving against a wall

 5 and like the heat of the desert.
       You silence the uproar of foreigners;
       as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
       so the song of the ruthless is stilled.

 6 On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare
       a feast of rich food for all peoples,
       a banquet of aged wine—
       the best of meats and the finest of wines.

 7 On this mountain he will destroy
       the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
       the sheet that covers all nations;

 8 he will swallow up death forever.
       The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
       from all faces;
       he will remove the disgrace of his people
       from all the earth.
       The LORD has spoken.

 9 In that day they will say,
       "Surely this is our God;
       we trusted in him, and he saved us.
       This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
       let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

 10 The hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain;
       but Moab will be trampled under him
       as straw is trampled down in the manure.

 11 They will spread out their hands in it,
       as a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim.
       God will bring down their pride
       despite the cleverness [b] of their hands.

 12 He will bring down your high fortified walls
       and lay them low;
       he will bring them down to the ground,
       to the very dust.

Footnotes:Isaiah 24:22 Or released Isaiah 25:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

Second Reading: 1 John 2:15-29

Do Not Love the World

 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Warning Against Antichrists

 18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

 20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[a] 21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

 24See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he promised us—even eternal life.

 26I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Children of God

 28And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

 29If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

Footnotes:1 John 2:20 Some manuscripts and you know all things


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