December 22nd, 2018

Saturday of Gaudete (Advent 3)

First Reading: Is. 43:1-24

The Redeemer of Israel

 1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,
      And He who formed you, O Israel:
      “ Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
      I have called you by your name;
      You are Mine.
       2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
      And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
      When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
      Nor shall the flame scorch you.
       3 For I am the LORD your God,
      The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
      I gave Egypt for your ransom,
      Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
       4 Since you were precious in My sight,
      You have been honored,
      And I have loved you;
      Therefore I will give men for you,
      And people for your life.
       5 Fear not, for I am with you;
      I will bring your descendants from the east,
      And gather you from the west;
       6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
      And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
      Bring My sons from afar,
      And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
       7 Everyone who is called by My name,
      Whom I have created for My glory;
      I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
       8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes,
      And the deaf who have ears.
       9 Let all the nations be gathered together,
      And let the people be assembled.
      Who among them can declare this,
      And show us former things?
      Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified;
      Or let them hear and say, “It is truth.”
       10 “ You are My witnesses,” says the LORD,
      “ And My servant whom I have chosen,
      That you may know and believe Me,
      And understand that I am He.
      Before Me there was no God formed,
      Nor shall there be after Me.
       11 I, even I, am the LORD,
      And besides Me there is no savior.
       12 I have declared and saved,
      I have proclaimed,
      And there was no foreign god among you;
      Therefore you are My witnesses,”
      Says the LORD, “that I am God.
       13 Indeed before the day was, I am He;
      And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
      I work, and who will reverse it?”
       14 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
      The Holy One of Israel:
      “ For your sake I will send to Babylon,
      And bring them all down as fugitives—
      The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
       15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
      The Creator of Israel, your King.”
       16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea
      And a path through the mighty waters,
       17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
      The army and the power
      (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
      They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
       18 “ Do not remember the former things,
      Nor consider the things of old.
       19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
      Now it shall spring forth;
      Shall you not know it?
      I will even make a road in the wilderness
      And rivers in the desert.
       20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
      The jackals and the ostriches,
      Because I give waters in the wilderness
      And rivers in the desert,
      To give drink to My people, My chosen.
       21 This people I have formed for Myself;
      They shall declare My praise.

Pleading with Unfaithful Israel

    22 “ But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob;
      And you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
       23 You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings,
      Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices.
      I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings,
      Nor wearied you with incense.
       24 You have bought Me no sweet cane with money,
      Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
      But you have burdened Me with your sins,
      You have wearied Me with your iniquities.

Second Reading: Rev. 9:13-10:11

Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates

    13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power[a] is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries[b] or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

The Mighty Angel with the Little Book

 1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. 2 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices,[c] I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me,[d] “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.” 5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand[e] to heaven 6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, 7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

John Eats the Little Book

    8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” 9 So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 11 And he[f] said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

Footnotes:Revelation 9:19 NU-Text and M-Text read the power of the horses. Revelation 9:21 NU-Text and M-Text read drugs. Revelation 10:4 NU-Text and M-Text read sounded. Revelation 10:4 NU-Text and M-Text omit to me. Revelation 10:5 NU-Text and M-Text read right hand. Revelation 10:11 NU-Text and M-Text read they.


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