December 10th, 2018

Monday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

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

Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment

    20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
      And shut your doors behind you;
      Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment,
      Until the indignation is past.
       21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place
      To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
      The earth will also disclose her blood,
      And will no more cover her slain.

 1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong,
      Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
      Leviathan that twisted serpent;
      And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.

The Restoration of Israel

    2 In that day sing to her,
      “ A vineyard of red wine![a]
       3 I, the LORD, keep it,
      I water it every moment;
      Lest any hurt it,
      I keep it night and day.
       4 Fury is not in Me.
      Who would set briers and thorns
      Against Me in battle?
      I would go through them,
      I would burn them together.
       5 Or let him take hold of My strength,
      That he may make peace with Me;
      And he shall make peace with Me.”
       6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob;
      Israel shall blossom and bud,
      And fill the face of the world with fruit.
       7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him?
      Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
       8 In measure, by sending it away,
      You contended with it.
      He removes it by His rough wind
      In the day of the east wind.
       9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered;
      And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
      When he makes all the stones of the altar
      Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust,
      Wooden images[b] and incense altars shall not stand.
       10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate,
      The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;
      There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down
      And consume its branches.
       11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off;
      The women come and set them on fire.
      For it is a people of no understanding;
      Therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them,
      And He who formed them will show them no favor.
       12 And it shall come to pass in that day
      That the LORD will thresh,
      From the channel of the River[c] to the Brook of Egypt;
      And you will be gathered one by one,
      O you children of Israel.
       13 So it shall be in that day:
      The great trumpet will be blown;
      They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria,
      And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt,
      And shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Footnotes:Isaiah 27:2 Following Masoretic Text (Kittel’s Biblia Hebraica), Bomberg, and Vulgate; Masoretic Text (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia), some Hebrew manuscripts, and Septuagint read delight; Targum reads choice vineyard. Isaiah 27:9 Hebrew Asherim, Canaanite deities Isaiah 27:12 That is, the Euphrates

Second Reading: 1 John 4:1-21

 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God Through Love
    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
    12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love
    17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him[b] because He first loved us.
Obedience by Faith
    20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[c] he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Footnotes:1 John 4:3 NU-Text omits that and Christ has come in the flesh. 1 John 4:19 NU-Text omits Him. 1 John 4:20 NU-Text reads he cannot.


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