December 29th, 2018

Christmastide V / David


First Reading: Is. 55:1-13


The Free Offer of Mercy
    1"Ho! Every one who (A)thirsts, come to the waters;
         And you who have (B)no money come, buy and eat
         Come, buy (C)wine and milk
         (D)Without money and without cost.
    2"Why do you spend money for what is (E)not bread,
         And your wages for what does not satisfy?
         Listen carefully to Me, and (F)eat what is good,
         And (G)delight yourself in abundance.
    3"(H)Incline your ear and come to Me
         Listen, that you may (I)live;
         And I will make (J)an everlasting covenant with you,
         According to the (K)faithful mercies shown to David.
    4"Behold, I have made (L)him a witness to the peoples,
         A (M)leader and commander for the peoples.
    5"Behold, you will call a (N)nation you do not know,
         And a nation which knows you not will (O)run to you,
         Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
         For He has (P)glorified you."
    6(Q)Seek the LORD while He may be found;
         (R)Call upon Him while He is near.
    7(S)Let the wicked forsake his way
         And the unrighteous man his (T)thoughts;
         And let him (U)return to the LORD,
         And He will have (V)compassion on him,
         And to our God,
         For He will (W)abundantly pardon.
    8"For My thoughts are not (X)your thoughts,
         Nor are (Y)your ways My ways," declares the LORD.
    9"For (Z)as the heavens are higher than the earth,
         So are My ways higher than your ways
         And My thoughts than your thoughts.
    10"For as the (AA)rain and the snow come down from heaven,
         And do not return there without watering the earth
         And making it bear and sprout,
         And furnishing (AB)seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
    11So will My (AC)word be which goes forth from My mouth;
         It will (AD)not return to Me empty,
         Without (AE)accomplishing what I desire,
         And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
    12"For you will go out with (AF)joy
         And be led forth with (AG)peace;
         The (AH)mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
         And all the (AI)trees of the field will clap their hands.
    13"Instead of the (AJ)thorn bush the (AK)cypress will come up,
         And instead of the (AL)nettle the myrtle will come up,
         And it will be a (AM)memorial to the LORD,
         For an everlasting (AN)sign which (AO)will not be cut off."

Cross references:Isaiah 55:1 : Ps 42:1, 2; 63:1; 143:6; Is 41:17; 44:3; John 4:14; 7:37; Rev 21:6 Isaiah 55:1 : Lam 5:4 Isaiah 55:1 : Song 5:1; Joel 3:18 Isaiah 55:1 : Hos 14:4; Matt 10:8 Isaiah 55:2 : Eccl 6:2; Hos 8:7 Isaiah 55:2 : Ps 22:26; Is 1:19; 62:8, 9 Isaiah 55:2 : Is 25:6; Jer 31:14 Isaiah 55:3 : Is 51:4 Isaiah 55:3 : Lev 18:5; Rom 10:5 Isaiah 55:3 : Is 61:8 Isaiah 55:3 : Acts 13:34 Isaiah 55:4 : Ps 18:43; Jer 30:9; Hos 3:5 Isaiah 55:4 : Ezek 34:24; 37:24, 25; Dan 9:25; Mic 5:2 Isaiah 55:5 : Is 45:14, 22-24; 49:6, 12, 23 Isaiah 55:5 : Zech 8:22 Isaiah 55:5 : Is 60:9 Isaiah 55:6 : Ps 32:6; Is 45:19, 22; 49:8; Amos 5:6 Isaiah 55:6 : Is 58:9; 65:24 Isaiah 55:7 : Is 1:16, 19; 58:6 Isaiah 55:7 : Is 32:7; 59:7 Isaiah 55:7 : Is 31:6; 44:22 Isaiah 55:7 : Is 14:1; 54:8, 10 Isaiah 55:7 : Is 1:18; 40:2; 43:25; 44:22 Isaiah 55:8 : Is 65:2; 66:18 Isaiah 55:8 : Is 53:6 Isaiah 55:9 : Ps 103:11 Isaiah 55:10 : Is 30:23 Isaiah 55:10 : 2 Cor 9:10 Isaiah 55:11 : Is 45:23; Matt 24:35 Isaiah 55:11 : Is 44:26; 59:21 Isaiah 55:11 : Is 46:10; 53:10 Isaiah 55:12 : Ps 105:43; Is 51:11; 52:9 Isaiah 55:12 : Is 54:10, 13; Jer 29:11 Isaiah 55:12 : Is 44:23; 49:13 Isaiah 55:12 : 1 Chr 16:33 Isaiah 55:13 : Is 7:19 Isaiah 55:13 : Is 60:13 Isaiah 55:13 : Is 5:6; 7:24; 32:13 Isaiah 55:13 : Is 63:12, 14; Jer 33:9 Isaiah 55:13 : Is 19:20 Isaiah 55:13 : Is 56:5


Second Reading: Luke 1:1-25


Introduction

 1Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things (A)accomplished among us,

 2just as they were handed down to us by those who (B)from the beginning were (C)eyewitnesses and (D)servants of (E)the [a]word,

 3it seemed fitting for me as well, (F)having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you (G)in consecutive order, (H)most excellent (I)Theophilus;

 4so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been (J)taught.

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

 5(K)In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the (L)division of [b]Abijah; and he had a wife [c]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

 6They were both (M)righteous in the sight of God, walking (N)blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.

 7But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.

 8Now it happened that while (O)he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,

 9according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot (P)to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

 10And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer (Q)outside at the hour of the incense offering.

 11And (R)an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

 12Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and (S)fear gripped him.

 13But the angel said to him, "(T)Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and (U)you will give him the name John.

 14"You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

 15"For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will (V)drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb.

 16"And he will (W)turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.

 17"It is he who will (X)go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of (Y)Elijah, (Z)TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to (AA)make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

 18Zacharias said to the angel, "How will I know this for certain? For (AB)I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years."

 19The angel answered and said to him, "I am (AC)Gabriel, who (AD)stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

 20"And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time."

 21The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.

 22But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he (AE)kept making signs to them, and remained mute.

 23When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.

 24After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,

 25"This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to (AF)take away my disgrace among men."

Footnotes:Luke 1:2 I.e. gospel Luke 1:5 Gr Abia Luke 1:5 I.e. of priestly descent
Cross references:Luke 1:1 : Rom 4:21; 14:5; Col 2:2; 4:12; 1 Thess 1:5; 2 Tim 4:17; Heb 6:11; 10:22 Luke 1:2 : John 15:27; Acts 1:21 Luke 1:2 : 2 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:1 Luke 1:2 : Acts 26:16; 1 Cor 4:1; Heb 2:3 Luke 1:2 : Mark 4:14; 16:20; Acts 8:4; 14:25; 16:6; 17:11 Luke 1:3 : 1 Tim 4:6 Luke 1:3 : Acts 11:4; 18:23 Luke 1:3 : Acts 23:26; 24:3; 26:25 Luke 1:3 : Acts 1:1 Luke 1:4 : Acts 18:25; Rom 2:18; 1 Cor 14:19; Gal 6:6 Luke 1:5 : Matt 2:1 Luke 1:5 : 1 Chr 24:10 Luke 1:6 : Gen 7:1; Acts 2:25; 8:21 Luke 1:6 : Phil 2:15; 3:6; 1 Thess 3:13 Luke 1:8 : 1 Chr 24:19; 2 Chr 8:14; 31:2 Luke 1:9 : Ex 30:7 Luke 1:10 : Lev 16:17 Luke 1:11 : Luke 2:9; Acts 5:19 Luke 1:12 : Luke 2:9 Luke 1:13 : Matt 14:27; Luke 1:30 Luke 1:13 : Luke 1:60, 63 Luke 1:15 : Num 6:3; Judg 13:4; Matt 11:18; Luke 7:33 Luke 1:16 : Matt 3:2, 6; Luke 3:3 Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76 Luke 1:17 : Matt 11:14 Luke 1:17 : Mal 4:6 Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76 Luke 1:18 : Gen 17:17 Luke 1:19 : Dan 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:26 Luke 1:19 : Matt 18:10 Luke 1:22 : Luke 1:62 Luke 1:25 : Gen 30:23; Is 4:1; 25:8


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