December 10th, 2018

Monday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)


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


 20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
       and shut the doors behind you;
       hide yourselves for a little while
       until his wrath has passed by.

 21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling
       to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
       The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her;
       she will conceal her slain no longer.

Deliverance of Israel
 1 In that day,
       the LORD will punish with his sword,
       his fierce, great and powerful sword,
       Leviathan the gliding serpent,
       Leviathan the coiling serpent;
       he will slay the monster of the sea.

 2 In that day—
       "Sing about a fruitful vineyard:

 3 I, the LORD, watch over it;
       I water it continually.
       I guard it day and night
       so that no one may harm it.

 4 I am not angry.
       If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!
       I would march against them in battle;
       I would set them all on fire.

 5 Or else let them come to me for refuge;
       let them make peace with me,
       yes, let them make peace with me."

 6 In days to come Jacob will take root,
       Israel will bud and blossom
       and fill all the world with fruit.

 7 Has the LORD struck her
       as he struck down those who struck her?
       Has she been killed
       as those were killed who killed her?

 8 By warfare [a] and exile you contend with her—
       with his fierce blast he drives her out,
       as on a day the east wind blows.

 9 By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned for,
       and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin:
       When he makes all the altar stones
       to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces,
       no Asherah poles [b] or incense altars
       will be left standing.

 10 The fortified city stands desolate,
       an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert;
       there the calves graze,
       there they lie down;
       they strip its branches bare.

 11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off
       and women come and make fires with them.
       For this is a people without understanding;
       so their Maker has no compassion on them,
       and their Creator shows them no favor.

 12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates [c] to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

Footnotes:Isaiah 27:8 See Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. Isaiah 27:9 That is, symbols of the goddess Asherah Isaiah 27:12 Hebrew River


Second Reading: 1 John 4:1-21


Test the Spirits
 1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

 4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

God's Love and Ours
 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[b] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[c] our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

 13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
      God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Footnotes:1 John 4:6 Or spirit 1 John 4:9 Or his only begotten Son 1 John 4:10 Or as the one who would turn aside his wrath, taking away


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