December 13th, 2018

Lucia, Martyr


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



    15Woe to those who deeply (A)hide their plans from the LORD,
         And whose (B)deeds are done in a dark place,
         And they say, "(C)Who sees us?" or "Who knows us?"
    16You turn things around!
         Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
         That (D)what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me";
         Or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?

Blessing after Discipline
    17Is it not yet just a little while
         Before Lebanon will be turned into a (E)fertile field,
         And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?
    18On that day the (F)deaf will hear (G)words of a book,
         And out of their gloom and darkness the (H)eyes of the blind will see.
    19The (I)afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD,
         And the (J)needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
    20For the (K)ruthless will come to an end and the (L)scorner will be finished,
         Indeed (M)all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;
    21Who cause a person to be indicted by a word,
         And (N)ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate,
         And (O)defraud the one in the right with meaningless arguments.

 22Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed (P)Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
         "Jacob (Q)shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;
    23But when he sees his (R)children, the (S)work of My hands, in his midst,
         They will sanctify My name;
         Indeed, they will (T)sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
         And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
    24"Those who (U)err in mind will (V)know the truth,
         And those who criticize will (W)accept instruction.

Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance
    1"Woe to the (X)rebellious children," declares the LORD,
         "Who (Y)execute a plan, but not Mine,
         And (Z)make an alliance, but not of My Spirit,
         In order to add sin to sin;
    2Who (AA)proceed down to Egypt
         Without (AB)consulting Me,
         (AC)To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh
         And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
    3"Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be (AD)your shame
         And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
    4"For (AE)their princes are at Zoan
         And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes.
    5"Everyone will be (AF)ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them,
         Who are (AG)not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach."

 6The oracle concerning the (AH)beasts of the (AI)Negev
         Through a land of (AJ)distress and anguish,
         From where come lioness and lion, viper and (AK)flying serpent,
         They (AL)carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys
         And their treasures on (AM)camels' humps,
         To a people who cannot profit them;
    7Even Egypt, whose (AN)help is vain and empty
         Therefore, I have called her
         "(AO)Rahab who has been exterminated."
    8Now go, (AP)write it on a tablet before them
         And inscribe it on a scroll,
         That it may serve in the time to come
         As a witness forever.
    9For this is a (AQ)rebellious people, (AR)false sons,
         Sons who refuse to (AS)listen
         To the instruction of the LORD;
    10Who say to the (AT)seers, "You must not see visions";
         And to the prophets, "You must not (AU)prophesy to us what is right,
         (AV)Speak to us pleasant words,
         Prophesy illusions.
    11"Get out of the way, (AW)turn aside from the path,
         (AX)Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel."

 12Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,
         "(AY)Since you have rejected this word
         And have put your trust in (AZ)oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
    13Therefore this (BA)iniquity will be to you
         Like a (BB)breach about to fall,
         A bulge in a high wall,
         Whose collapse comes (BC)suddenly in an instant,
    14Whose collapse is like the smashing of a (BD)potter's jar,
         So ruthlessly shattered
         That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
         To take fire from a hearth
         Or to scoop water from a cistern."

Cross references:Isaiah 29:15 : Ps 10:11, 13; Is 28:15; 30:1 Isaiah 29:15 : Job 22:13; Is 57:12; Ezek 8:12 Isaiah 29:15 : Ps 94:7; Is 47:10; Mal 2:17 Isaiah 29:16 : Is 45:9; 64:8; Jer 18:1-6; Rom 9:19-21 Isaiah 29:17 : Ps 84:6; 107:33, 35; Is 32:15 Isaiah 29:18 : Is 35:5; 42:18, 19; 43:8; Matt 11:5; Mark 7:37 Isaiah 29:18 : Is 29:11 Isaiah 29:18 : Ps 119:18; Prov 20:12; Is 32:3 Isaiah 29:19 : Ps 25:9; 37:11; Is 11:4; 61:1; Matt 5:5; 11:29 Isaiah 29:19 : Is 3:14, 15; 11:4; 14:30, 32; 25:4; 26:6; Matt 11:5; James 1:9; 2:5 Isaiah 29:20 : Is 29:5 Isaiah 29:20 : Is 28:14 Isaiah 29:20 : Is 59:4; Mic 2:1 Isaiah 29:21 : Amos 5:10 Isaiah 29:21 : Is 32:7; Amos 5:12 Isaiah 29:22 : Is 41:8; 51:2; 63:16 Isaiah 29:22 : Is 45:17; 49:23; 50:7; 54:4 Isaiah 29:23 : Is 49:20-26 Isaiah 29:23 : Is 26:12; 45:11; Eph 2:10 Isaiah 29:23 : Is 5:16; 8:13 Isaiah 29:24 : Is 30:21; Heb 5:2 Isaiah 29:24 : Is 41:20; 60:16 Isaiah 29:24 : Is 54:13 Isaiah 30:1 : Is 1:2, 23; 30:9; 65:2 Isaiah 30:1 : Is 29:15 Isaiah 30:1 : Is 8:11, 12 Isaiah 30:2 : Is 31:1; Jer 43:7 Isaiah 30:2 : Is 8:19 Isaiah 30:2 : Is 36:9 Isaiah 30:3 : Is 20:5, 6; 36:6; Jer 42:18, 22 Isaiah 30:4 : Is 19:11 Isaiah 30:5 : Jer 2:36 Isaiah 30:5 : Is 10:3; 30:7; 31:3 Isaiah 30:6 : Is 46:1, 2 Isaiah 30:6 : Gen 12:9 Isaiah 30:6 : Ex 5:10, 21; Deut 4:20; 8:15; Is 5:30; 8:22; Jer 11:4 Isaiah 30:6 : Deut 8:15; Is 14:29 Isaiah 30:6 : Is 15:7; 46:1, 2 Isaiah 30:6 : 1 Kin 10:2 Isaiah 30:7 : Is 30:5 Isaiah 30:7 : Job 9:13; Ps 87:4; 89:10; Is 51:9 Isaiah 30:8 : Is 8:1 Isaiah 30:9 : Is 30:1 Isaiah 30:9 : Is 28:15; 59:3, 4 Isaiah 30:9 : Is 1:10; 5:24; 24:5 Isaiah 30:10 : Is 29:10 Isaiah 30:10 : Is 5:20; Jer 11:21; Amos 2:12; 7:13 Isaiah 30:10 : 1 Kin 22:8, 13; Jer 6:14; 23:17, 26; Ezek 13:7; Rom 16:18; 2 Tim 4:3, 4 Isaiah 30:11 : Acts 13:8 Isaiah 30:11 : Job 21:14 Isaiah 30:12 : Is 5:24; 7:9; 8:6 Isaiah 30:12 : Is 3:14, 15; 5:7; 59:13 Isaiah 30:13 : Is 26:21 Isaiah 30:13 : 1 Kin 20:30; Ps 62:4; Is 58:12 Isaiah 30:13 : Is 29:5; 47:11 Isaiah 30:14 : Ps 2:9; Jer 19:10, 11


Second Reading: Rev. 1:1-20


The Revelation of Jesus Christ
 1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which (A)God gave Him to (B)show to His bond-servants, (C)the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it (D)by His angel to His bond-servant (E)John,

 2who testified to (F)the word of God and to (G)the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

 3(H)Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; (I)for the time is near.

Message to the Seven Churches
 4(J)John to (K)the seven churches that are in (L)Asia: (M)Grace to you and peace, from (N)Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from (O)the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

 5and from Jesus Christ, (P)the faithful witness, the (Q)firstborn of the dead, and the (R)ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who (S)loves us and released us from our sins by His blood--

 6and He has made us to be a (T)kingdom, (U)priests to (V)His God and Father--(W)to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 7(X)BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and (Y)every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will (Z)mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

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

The Patmos Vision
 9(AD)I, John, your (AE)brother and (AF)fellow partaker in the tribulation and (AG)kingdom and (AH)perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos (AI)because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

 10I was [a](AJ)in the Spirit on (AK)the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice (AL)like the sound of a trumpet,

 11saying, "(AM)Write in a book what you see, and send it to the (AN)seven churches: to (AO)Ephesus and to (AP)Smyrna and to (AQ)Pergamum and to (AR)Thyatira and to (AS)Sardis and to (AT)Philadelphia and to (AU)Laodicea."

 12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw (AV)seven golden lampstands;

 13and (AW)in the middle of the lampstands I saw one (AX)like [b]a son of man, (AY)clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and (AZ)girded across His chest with a golden sash.

 14His head and His (BA)hair were white like white wool, like snow; and (BB)His eyes were like a flame of fire.

 15His (BC)feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His (BD)voice was like the sound of many waters.

 16In His right hand He held (BE)seven stars, and out of His mouth came a (BF)sharp two-edged sword; and His (BG)face was like (BH)the sun shining in its strength.

 17When I saw Him, I (BI)fell at His feet like a dead man And He (BJ)placed His right hand on me, saying, "(BK)Do not be afraid; (BL)I am the first and the last,

 18and the (BM)living One; and I (BN)was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have (BO)the keys of death and of Hades.

 19"Therefore (BP)write (BQ)the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place (BR)after these things.

 20"As for the (BS)mystery of the (BT)seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the (BU)seven golden lampstands: the (BV)seven stars are the angels of (BW)the seven churches, and the seven (BX)lampstands are the seven churches.

Footnotes:Revelation 1:10 Or in spirit Revelation 1:13 Or the Son of Man
Cross references:Revelation 1:1 : John 17:8; Rev 5:7 Revelation 1:1 : Rev 22:6 Revelation 1:1 : Dan 2:28; Rev 1:19 Revelation 1:1 : Rev 17:1; 19:9; 21:9; 22:16 Revelation 1:1 : Rev 1:4, 9; 22:8 Revelation 1:2 : Rev 1:9; 6:9; 12:17; 20:4 Revelation 1:2 : 1 Cor 1:6; Rev 12:17 Revelation 1:3 : Luke 11:28; Rev 22:7 Revelation 1:3 : Rom 13:11; Rev 3:11; 22:7, 10, 12 Revelation 1:4 : Rev 1:1, 9; 22:8 Revelation 1:4 : Rev 1:11, 20 Revelation 1:4 : Acts 2:9 Revelation 1:4 : Rom 1:7 Revelation 1:4 : Rev 1:8, 17; 4:8; 16:5 Revelation 1:4 : Is 11:2; Rev 3:1; 4:5; 5:6; 8:2 Revelation 1:5 : Rev 3:14; 19:11 Revelation 1:5 : 1 Cor 15:20; Col 1:18 Revelation 1:5 : Rev 17:14; 19:16 Revelation 1:5 : Rom 8:37 Revelation 1:6 : Rev 5:10; 20:6 Revelation 1:6 : Rev 5:10; 20:6 Revelation 1:6 : Rom 15:6 Revelation 1:6 : Rom 11:36 Revelation 1:7 : Dan 7:13; 1 Thess 4:17 Revelation 1:7 : Zech 12:10-14; John 19:37 Revelation 1:7 : Luke 23:28 Revelation 1:8 : Is 41:4; Rev 21:6; 22:13 Revelation 1:8 : Rev 4:8; 11:17 Revelation 1:8 : Rev 1:4 Revelation 1:9 : Rev 1:1 Revelation 1:9 : Acts 1:15 Revelation 1:9 : Matt 20:23; Acts 14:22; 2 Cor 1:7; Phil 4:14 Revelation 1:9 : 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 1:6 Revelation 1:9 : 2 Thess 3:5; Rev 3:10 Revelation 1:9 : Rev 1:2 Revelation 1:10 : Matt 22:43; Rev 4:2; 17:3; 21:10 Revelation 1:10 : Acts 20:7 Revelation 1:10 : Rev 4:1 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 1:2, 19 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 1:4, 20 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 2:1 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 2:8 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 2:12 Revelation 1:11 : Acts 16:14; Rev 2:18, 24 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 3:1, 4 Revelation 1:11 : Rev 3:7 Revelation 1:11 : Col 2:1; Rev 3:14 Revelation 1:12 : Ex 25:37; 37:23; Zech 4:2; Rev 1:20; 2:1 Revelation 1:13 : Rev 2:1 Revelation 1:13 : Ezek 1:26; Dan 7:13; 10:16; Rev 14:14 Revelation 1:13 : Dan 10:5 Revelation 1:13 : Rev 15:6 Revelation 1:14 : Dan 7:9 Revelation 1:14 : Dan 7:9; 10:6; Rev 2:18; 19:12 Revelation 1:15 : Ezek 1:7; Dan 10:6; Rev 2:18 Revelation 1:15 : Ezek 1:24; 43:2; Rev 14:2; 19:6 Revelation 1:16 : Rev 1:20; 2:1; 3:1 Revelation 1:16 : Is 49:2; Heb 4:12; Rev 2:12, 16; 19:15 Revelation 1:16 : Matt 17:2; Rev 10:1 Revelation 1:16 : Judg 5:31 Revelation 1:17 : Dan 8:17; 10:9, 10, 15 Revelation 1:17 : Dan 8:18; 10:10, 12 Revelation 1:17 : Matt 14:27; 17:7 Revelation 1:17 : Is 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Rev 2:8; 22:13 Revelation 1:18 : Luke 24:5; Rev 4:9 Revelation 1:18 : Rom 6:9; Rev 2:8; 10:6; 15:7 Revelation 1:18 : Job 38:17; Matt 11:23; 16:19; Rev 9:1; 20:1 Revelation 1:19 : Rev 1:11 Revelation 1:19 : Rev 1:12-16 Revelation 1:19 : Rev 4:1 Revelation 1:20 : Rom 11:25 Revelation 1:20 : Rev 1:16; 2:1; 3:1 Revelation 1:20 : Ex 25:37; 37:23; Zech 4:2; Rev 1:12; 2:1 Revelation 1:20 : Rev 1:16; 2:1; 3:1 Revelation 1:20 : Rev 1:4, 11 Revelation 1:20 : Matt 5:14


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