December 13th, 2018

Lucia, Martyr


First Reading: Is. 29:15-30:14


 15Ah,(A) you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel,
   whose deeds are(B) in the dark,
   and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?" 16(C) You turn things upside down!Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,that the thing made should say of its maker,
   "He did not make me";or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
   "He has no understanding"?

 17Is it not yet a very little while
   (D) until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
   and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest? 18In that day(E) the deaf shall hear
   (F) the words of a book,and out of their gloom and darkness
   (G) the eyes of the blind shall see. 19(H) The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD,
   and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. 20For the ruthless shall come to nothing
   and(I) the scoffer cease,
   and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off, 21who by a word make a man out to be an offender,
   and(J) lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
   and with an empty plea(K) turn aside him who is in the right.

 22Therefore thus says the LORD,(L) who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
   "Jacob shall no more be ashamed,
   no more shall his face grow pale. 23For when he sees his children,
   (M) the work of my hands, in his midst,
   they will sanctify my name;(N) they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
   and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. 24And those(O) who go astray in spirit will come to understanding,
   and those who murmur will accept instruction."

Do Not Go Down to Egypt
 1"Ah,(P) stubborn children," declares the LORD,(Q) "who carry out a plan, but not mine,and who make(R) an alliance,[a] but not of my Spirit,
   that they may add sin to sin; 2(S) who set out to go down to Egypt,
   without asking for my direction,to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
   and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! 3(T) Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
   and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation. 4For though his officials are at(U) Zoan
   and(V) his envoys reach(W) Hanes, 5everyone comes to shame
   through(X) a people that cannot profit them,that brings neither help nor profit,
   but shame and disgrace."

 6An(Y) oracle on(Z) the beasts of(AA) the Negeb.
   Through a land of trouble and anguish,
   from where come the lioness and the lion,
   the adder and the(AB) flying fiery serpent,they carry their riches on the backs of donkeys,
   and their treasures on the humps of camels,
   to a people that cannot profit them. 7Egypt’s(AC) help is worthless and empty;
   therefore I have called her
   (AD) "Rahab who sits still."

A Rebellious People
 8And now, go,(AE) write it before them on a tablet
   and inscribe it in a book,that it may be for the time to come
   as a witness forever.[b] 9(AF) For they are a rebellious people,
   lying children,children unwilling to hear
   the instruction of the LORD; 10(AG) who say to(AH) the seers, "Do not see,"
   and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us what is right;speak to us(AI) smooth things,
   prophesy illusions, 11leave the way, turn aside from the path,
   let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel." 12Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,"Because you despise this word
   and trust in(AJ) oppression and perverseness
   and rely on them, 13therefore this iniquity shall be to you
   (AK) like a breach in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse,
   whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant; 14and its breaking is(AL) like that of a potter’s vessel
   that is smashed so ruthlesslythat among its fragments not a shard is found
   with which to take fire from the hearth,
   or to dip up water out of the cistern."

Footnotes:Isaiah 30:1 Hebrew who weave a web Isaiah 30:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Targum, Vulgate, and Greek versions; Masoretic Text forever and ever
Cross references:Isaiah 29:15 : Isaiah 30:1 Isaiah 29:15 : Ezek 8:12 Isaiah 29:16 : Isaiah 10:15 Isaiah 29:17 : Psalm 107:33, 35 Isaiah 29:18 : Isaiah 32:3; 35:5; Matt 11:5 Isaiah 29:18 : Isaiah 29:12 Isaiah 29:18 : Isaiah 35:5; Matt 11:5 Isaiah 29:19 : Isaiah 61:1; Isaiah 14:32; Zeph 3:12; Matt 5:3 Isaiah 29:20 : Isaiah 28:14, 22 Isaiah 29:21 : Amos 5:10; Psalm 127:5 Isaiah 29:21 : Amos 5:12 Isaiah 29:22 : Isaiah 51:2 Isaiah 29:23 : Isaiah 19:25; 60:21; Psalm 100:3 Isaiah 29:23 : Isaiah 8:13 Isaiah 29:24 : Isaiah 28:7 Isaiah 30:1 : Isaiah 1:2, 4 Isaiah 30:1 : Isaiah 29:15 Isaiah 30:1 : Isaiah 25:7 Isaiah 30:2 : Isaiah 31:1; 36:6 Isaiah 30:3 : Isaiah 30:7; Isaiah 20:5 Isaiah 30:4 : Isaiah 19:11 Isaiah 30:4 : Ezek 17:15 Isaiah 30:4 : Jer 43:7 Isaiah 30:5 : Isaiah 30:7; Jer 2:36 Isaiah 30:6 : Isaiah 13:1 Isaiah 30:6 : Isaiah 51:9; Psalm 68:30 Isaiah 30:6 : Acts 8:26 Isaiah 30:6 : Deut 8:15 Isaiah 30:7 : Isaiah 36:6 Isaiah 30:7 : Isaiah 51:9 Isaiah 30:8 : Hab 2:2 Isaiah 30:9 : Isaiah 30:1 Isaiah 30:10 : Amos 2:12; Amos 7:12, 13 Isaiah 30:10 : 1 Sam 9:9 Isaiah 30:10 : 1 Kgs 22:13; Jer 28:1-11; Ezek 13:8-16 Isaiah 30:12 : Isaiah 5:8, 20 Isaiah 30:13 : Psalm 62:3 Isaiah 30:14 : Psalm 2:9


Second Reading: Rev. 1:1-20


Prologue

 1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God(A) gave him(B) to show to his servants[a] the things that must soon take place.(C) He made it known by sending his angel to his servant[b] John, 2(D) who bore witness to the word of God and to(E) the testimony of Jesus Christ, even(F) to all that he saw. 3(G) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it,(H) for the time is near.

Greeting to the Seven Churches

 4John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

   

   Grace to you and peace from(I) him(J) who is and(K) who was and who is to come, and from(L) the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ(M) the faithful witness,(N) the firstborn of the dead, and(O) the ruler of kings on earth.

   

   To(P) him who loves us and(Q) has freed us from our sins by his blood 6and made us(R) a kingdom,(S) priests to(T) his God and Father, to him be(U) glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7Behold,(V) he is coming with the clouds, and(W) every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail[c] on account of him. Even so. Amen.

 8(X) "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God,(Y) "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

Vision of the Son of Man

 9I, John, your brother and(Z) partner in(AA) the tribulation and(AB) the kingdom and(AC) the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos(AD) on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10(AE) I was in the Spirit(AF) on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice(AG) like a trumpet 11saying, (AH) "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

 12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw(AI) seven golden lampstands, 13and in the midst of the lampstands(AJ) one like(AK) a son of man,(AL) clothed with a long robe and(AM) with a golden sash around his chest. 14(AN) The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow.(AO) His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15(AP) his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and(AQ) his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16(AR) In his right hand he held seven stars,(AS) from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and(AT) his face was like the sun shining(AU) in full strength.

 17(AV) When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But(AW) he laid his right hand on me,(AX) saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18and the living one.(AY) I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and(AZ) I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19(BA) Write therefore(BB) the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and(BC) the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and(BD) the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Footnotes:Revelation 1:1 Greek bondservants Revelation 1:1 Greek bondservant Revelation 1:7 Or mourn
Cross references:Revelation 1:1 : John 17:7, 8; John 8:26; 14:10 Revelation 1:1 : Revelation 22:6 Revelation 1:1 : Revelation 22:16 Revelation 1:2 : John 19:35 Revelation 1:2 : Revelation 6:9; 12:17; 19:10; 1 Cor 1:6 Revelation 1:2 : Revelation 1:11, 19 Revelation 1:3 : Revelation 22:7; Luke 11:28; John 8:51; 1 John 2:3 Revelation 1:3 : Revelation 22:10; 1 John 2:18; Rom 13:11 Revelation 1:4 : Revelation 1:8; Revelation 4:8; Heb 13:8 Revelation 1:4 : Exodus 3:14 (Gk) Revelation 1:4 : John 1:1 Revelation 1:4 : Revelation 3:1; 4:5; 5:6 Revelation 1:5 : Revelation 3:14; John 18:37; 1 Tim 6:13; Revelation 2:13; Psalm 89:37; Isa 55:4 Revelation 1:5 : Col 1:18; Psalm 89:27; Acts 26:23; 1 Cor 15:20 Revelation 1:5 : Revelation 17:14; 19:16; Psalm 89:27 Revelation 1:5 : John 13:34; 15:9 Revelation 1:5 : 1 Pet 1:18, 19 Revelation 1:6 : Revelation 5:10; 20:6; 1 Pet 2:9 Revelation 1:6 : Rom 15:6 Revelation 1:6 : Rom 11:36 Revelation 1:6 : 1 Pet 4:11 Revelation 1:7 : Dan 7:13; Matt 16:27 Revelation 1:7 : Zech 12:10; John 19:37 Revelation 1:8 : Revelation 21:6; 22:13; Isa 41:4; 43:10; 44:6 Revelation 1:8 : Revelation 1:4 Revelation 1:9 : Phil 4:14 Revelation 1:9 : John 16:33 Revelation 1:9 : 2 Tim 2:12 Revelation 1:9 : Revelation 3:10 Revelation 1:9 : Revelation 1:2 Revelation 1:10 : Revelation 4:2; Revelation 17:3; 21:10; 1 Kgs 18:12; Ezek 3:12; Matt 22:43; 2 Cor 12:2 Revelation 1:10 : Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 16:2 Revelation 1:10 : Revelation 4:1 Revelation 1:11 : Revelation 1:2, 19 Revelation 1:12 : Revelation 1:20; Revelation 2:1; Exodus 25:37; 2 Chr 4:20; Zech 4:2; Revelation 11:4 Revelation 1:13 : Dan 7:13 Revelation 1:13 : Revelation 14:14; Dan 10:16 Revelation 1:13 : Dan 10:5 Revelation 1:13 : Revelation 15:6 Revelation 1:14 : Dan 7:9 Revelation 1:14 : Revelation 2:18; 19:12; Dan 10:6 Revelation 1:15 : Ezek 1:7; Dan 10:6 Revelation 1:15 : Revelation 14:2; 19:6; Ezek 43:2 Revelation 1:16 : Revelation 1:20; Revelation 2:1; 3:1 Revelation 1:16 : Revelation 19:15; Revelation 2:12, 16; Isa 49:2; Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12 Revelation 1:16 : Matt 17:2 Revelation 1:16 : Judg 5:31 Revelation 1:17 : Dan 8:17, 18; 10:9, 10, 15; Luke 24:37; John 21:12 Revelation 1:17 : Matt 17:7 Revelation 1:17 : Revelation 2:8; 22:13; Isa 41:4; 44:6; 48:12 Revelation 1:18 : Rom 6:9; 14:9 Revelation 1:18 : Revelation 9:1; 20:1 Revelation 1:19 : Revelation 1:2, 11 Revelation 1:19 : Revelation 1:12-16 Revelation 1:20 : Revelation 1:12 Revelation 1:20 : Matt 5:14, 15


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