December 29th, 2018

Christmastide V / David


First Reading: Is. 55:1-13


 1Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 2Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

 3Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

 4Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

 5Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 12For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.



Second Reading: Luke 1:1-25


 1Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

 2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

 3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

 4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

 5THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

 8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

 9According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

 21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

 24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.



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