December 10th, 2018

Monday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)


First Reading: Is. 26:20-27:13


 20Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

 21For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

 1In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

 2In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

 3I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

 4Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

 5Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

 6He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

 7Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?

 8In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

 9By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

 10Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.

 11When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

 12And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

 13And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.



Second Reading: 1 John 4:1-21


 1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

 3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

 6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

 12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

 13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

 15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

 17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 19We love him, because he first loved us.

 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.



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