December 12th, 2018

Wednesday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

First Reading: Is. 29:1-14

Woe to Jerusalem

 1 “Woe to Ariel,[a] to Ariel, the city where David dwelt!
      Add year to year;
      Let feasts come around.
       2 Yet I will distress Ariel;
      There shall be heaviness and sorrow,
      And it shall be to Me as Ariel.
       3 I will encamp against you all around,
      I will lay siege against you with a mound,
      And I will raise siegeworks against you.
       4 You shall be brought down,
      You shall speak out of the ground;
      Your speech shall be low, out of the dust;
      Your voice shall be like a medium’s, out of the ground;
      And your speech shall whisper out of the dust.
       5 “ Moreover the multitude of your foes
      Shall be like fine dust,
      And the multitude of the terrible ones
      Like chaff that passes away;
      Yes, it shall be in an instant, suddenly.
       6 You will be punished by the LORD of hosts
      With thunder and earthquake and great noise,
      With storm and tempest
      And the flame of devouring fire.
       7 The multitude of all the nations who fight against Ariel,
      Even all who fight against her and her fortress,
      And distress her,
      Shall be as a dream of a night vision.
       8 It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams,
      And look—he eats;
      But he awakes, and his soul is still empty;
      Or as when a thirsty man dreams,
      And look—he drinks;
      But he awakes, and indeed he is faint,
      And his soul still craves:
      So the multitude of all the nations shall be,
      Who fight against Mount Zion.”

The Blindness of Disobedience

    9 Pause and wonder!
      Blind yourselves and be blind!
      They are drunk, but not with wine;
      They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink.
       10 For the LORD has poured out on you
      The spirit of deep sleep,
      And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets;
      And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers. 11 The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.” And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” 12 Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.”

   And he says, “I am not literate.” 13 Therefore the Lord said:
      “ Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
      And honor Me with their lips,
      But have removed their hearts far from Me,
      And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
       14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
      Among this people,
      A marvelous work and a wonder;
      For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
      And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

Footnotes:Isaiah 29:1 That is, Jerusalem

Second Reading: Jude 1-25

Greeting to the Called

 1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,To those who are called, sanctified[a] by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Contend for the Faith

    3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God[b] and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Old and New Apostates

    5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

Apostates Depraved and Doomed

    12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about[c] by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. 14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Apostates Predicted

    16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Maintain Your Life with God

    20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;[d] 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,[e] hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Glory to God

    24 Now to Him who is able to keep you[f] from stumbling,
      And to present you faultless
      Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
       25 To God our Savior,[g]
      Who alone is wise,[h]
      Be glory and majesty,
      Dominion and power,[i]
      Both now and forever.

Footnotes:Jude 1:1 NU-Text reads beloved. Jude 1:4 NU-Text omits God. Jude 1:12 NU-Text and M-Text read along. Jude 1:22 NU-Text reads who are doubting (or making distinctions). Jude 1:23 NU-Text adds and on some have mercy with fear and omits with fear in first clause. Jude 1:24 M-Text reads them. Jude 1:25 NU-Text reads To the only God our Savior. Jude 1:25 NU-Text omits Who . . . is wise and adds Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jude 1:25 NU-Text adds Before all time.


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