December 18th, 2018

Tuesday of Gaudete (Advent 3)

First Reading: Is. 34:1-2; Is. 34:8-35:10

Judgment Against the Nations

 1 Come near, you nations, and listen;
       pay attention, you peoples!
       Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
       the world, and all that comes out of it!

 2 The LORD is angry with all nations;
       his wrath is upon all their armies.
       He will totally destroy [a] them,
       he will give them over to slaughter.

Footnotes:Isaiah 34:2 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 5.

 8 For the LORD has a day of vengeance,
       a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause.

 9 Edom's streams will be turned into pitch,
       her dust into burning sulfur;
       her land will become blazing pitch!

 10 It will not be quenched night and day;
       its smoke will rise forever.
       From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
       no one will ever pass through it again.

 11 The desert owl [a] and screech owl [b] will possess it;
       the great owl [c] and the raven will nest there.
       God will stretch out over Edom
       the measuring line of chaos
       and the plumb line of desolation.

 12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
       all her princes will vanish away.

 13 Thorns will overrun her citadels,
       nettles and brambles her strongholds.
       She will become a haunt for jackals,
       a home for owls.

 14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
       and wild goats will bleat to each other;
       there the night creatures will also repose
       and find for themselves places of rest.

 15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
       she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings;
       there also the falcons will gather,
       each with its mate.

 16 Look in the scroll of the LORD and read:
       None of these will be missing,
       not one will lack her mate.
       For it is his mouth that has given the order,
       and his Spirit will gather them together.

 17 He allots their portions;
       his hand distributes them by measure.
       They will possess it forever
       and dwell there from generation to generation.

Joy of the Redeemed

 1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;
       the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
       Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
       it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
       The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
       the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
       they will see the glory of the LORD,
       the splendor of our God.

 3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
       steady the knees that give way;

 4 say to those with fearful hearts,
       "Be strong, do not fear;
       your God will come,
       he will come with vengeance;
       with divine retribution
       he will come to save you."

 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
       and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
       and the mute tongue shout for joy.
       Water will gush forth in the wilderness
       and streams in the desert.

 7 The burning sand will become a pool,
       the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
       In the haunts where jackals once lay,
       grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

 8 And a highway will be there;
       it will be called the Way of Holiness.
       The unclean will not journey on it;
       it will be for those who walk in that Way;
       wicked fools will not go about on it. [d]

 9 No lion will be there,
       nor will any ferocious beast get up on it;
       they will not be found there.
       But only the redeemed will walk there,

 10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return.
       They will enter Zion with singing;
       everlasting joy will crown their heads.
       Gladness and joy will overtake them,
       and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Footnotes:Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain. Isaiah 35:8 Or / the simple will not stray from it

Second Reading: Rev. 6:1-17

The Seals

 1I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" 2I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

 3When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" 4Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.

 5When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart[a] of wheat for a day's wages,[b] and three quarts of barley for a day's wages,[c] and do not damage the oil and the wine!"

 7When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 8I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

 9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.

 12I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

 15Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

Footnotes:Revelation 6:6 Greek a choinix (probably about a liter) Revelation 6:6 Greek a denarius Revelation 6:6 Greek a denarius


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