December 31st, 2018

Christmastide VII


First Reading: Is. 60:1-22


A Glorified Zion
    1"(A)Arise, shine; for your (B)light has come,
         And the (C)glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
    2"For behold, (D)darkness will cover the earth
         And deep darkness the peoples;
         But the LORD will rise upon you
         And His (E)glory will appear upon you.
    3"(F)Nations will come to your light,
         And kings to the brightness of your rising.
    4"(G)Lift up your eyes round about and see;
         They all gather together, they (H)come to you
         Your sons will come from afar,
         And your (I)daughters will be carried in the arms.
    5"Then you will see and be (J)radiant,
         And your heart will thrill and rejoice;
         Because the (K)abundance of the sea will be turned to you,
         The (L)wealth of the nations will come to you.
    6"A multitude of camels will cover you,
         The young camels of Midian and (M)Ephah;
         All those from (N)Sheba will come;
         They will bring (O)gold and frankincense,
         And will (P)bear good news of the praises of the LORD.
    7"All the flocks of (Q)Kedar will be gathered together to you,
         The rams of Nebaioth will minister to you;
         They will go up with acceptance on My (R)altar,
         And I shall (S)glorify My glorious house.
    8"(T)Who are these who fly like a cloud
         And like the doves to their lattices?
    9"Surely the (U)coastlands will wait for Me;
         And the (V)ships of Tarshish will come first,
         To (W)bring your sons from afar,
         Their silver and their gold with them,
         For the name of the LORD your God,
         And for the Holy One of Israel because He has (X)glorified you.
    10"(Y)Foreigners will build up your walls,
         And their (Z)kings will minister to you;
         For in My (AA)wrath I struck you,
         And in My favor I have had compassion on you.
    11"Your (AB)gates will be open continually;
         They will not be closed day or night,
         So that men may (AC)bring to you the wealth of the nations,
         With (AD)their kings led in procession.
    12"For the (AE)nation and the kingdom which will not serve you will perish,
         And the nations will be utterly ruined.
    13"The (AF)glory of Lebanon will come to you,
         The (AG)juniper, the box tree and the cypress together,
         To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
         And I shall make the (AH)place of My feet glorious.
    14"The (AI)sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you,
         And all those who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet;
         And they will call you the (AJ)city of the LORD,
         The (AK)Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
    15"Whereas you have been (AL)forsaken and (AM)hated
         With no one passing through,
         I will make you an everlasting (AN)pride,
         A joy from generation to generation.
    16"You will also (AO)suck the milk of nations
         And suck the breast of kings;
         Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your (AP)Savior
         And your (AQ)Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
    17"Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
         And instead of iron I will bring silver,
         And instead of wood, bronze,
         And instead of stones, iron.
         And I will make peace your administrators
         And righteousness your overseers.
    18"(AR)Violence will not be heard again in your land,
         Nor (AS)devastation or destruction within your borders;
         But you will call your (AT)walls salvation, and your (AU)gates praise.
    19"No longer will you have the (AV)sun for light by day,
         Nor for brightness will the moon give you light;
         But you will have the (AW)LORD for an everlasting light,
         And your (AX)God for your glory.
    20"Your (AY)sun will no longer set,
         Nor will your moon wane;
         For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light,
         And the days of your (AZ)mourning will be over.
    21"Then all your (BA)people will be righteous;
         They will (BB)possess the land forever,
         The branch of My planting,
         The (BC)work of My hands,
         That I may be (BD)glorified.
    22"The (BE)smallest one will become a clan,
         And the least one a mighty nation.
         I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."

Cross references:Isaiah 60:1 : Is 52:2 Isaiah 60:1 : Is 60:19, 20 Isaiah 60:1 : Is 24:23; 35:2; 58:8 Isaiah 60:2 : Is 58:10; Jer 13:16; Col 1:13 Isaiah 60:2 : Is 4:5 Isaiah 60:3 : Is 2:3; 45:14, 22-25; 49:23 Isaiah 60:4 : Is 11:12; 49:18 Isaiah 60:4 : Is 49:20-22 Isaiah 60:4 : Is 43:6; 49:22 Isaiah 60:5 : Ps 34:5 Isaiah 60:5 : Is 23:18; 24:14 Isaiah 60:5 : Is 61:6 Isaiah 60:6 : Gen 25:4 Isaiah 60:6 : Gen 25:3; Ps 72:10 Isaiah 60:6 : Is 60:9; Matt 2:11 Isaiah 60:6 : Is 42:10 Isaiah 60:7 : Gen 25:13 Isaiah 60:7 : Is 19:19; 56:7 Isaiah 60:7 : Is 60:13; Hag 2:7, 9 Isaiah 60:8 : Is 49:21 Isaiah 60:9 : Is 11:11; 24:15; 42:4, 10, 12; 49:1; 51:5; 66:19 Isaiah 60:9 : Ps 48:7; Is 2:16 Isaiah 60:9 : Is 14:2; 43:6; 49:22 Isaiah 60:9 : Is 55:5 Isaiah 60:10 : Is 14:1, 2; 61:5; Zech 6:15 Isaiah 60:10 : Is 49:23; Rev 21:24 Isaiah 60:10 : Is 54:8 Isaiah 60:11 : Is 26:2; 60:18; 62:10; Rev 21:25, 26 Isaiah 60:11 : Is 60:5 Isaiah 60:11 : Ps 149:8; Is 24:21 Isaiah 60:12 : Is 14:2; Zech 14:17 Isaiah 60:13 : Is 35:2 Isaiah 60:13 : Is 41:19 Isaiah 60:13 : 1 Chr 28:2; Ps 99:5; 132:7 Isaiah 60:14 : Is 14:1, 2; 45:14, 23; 49:23; Rev 3:9 Isaiah 60:14 : Is 1:26 Isaiah 60:14 : Heb 12:22 Isaiah 60:15 : Is 1:7-9; 6:11-13; Jer 30:17 Isaiah 60:15 : Is 66:5 Isaiah 60:15 : Is 4:2; 65:18 Isaiah 60:16 : Is 66:11 Isaiah 60:16 : Is 19:20; 43:3, 11; 45:15, 21; 63:8 Isaiah 60:16 : Is 59:20; 63:16 Isaiah 60:18 : Is 54:14 Isaiah 60:18 : Is 51:19 Isaiah 60:18 : Is 26:1 Isaiah 60:18 : Is 60:11 Isaiah 60:19 : Rev 21:23; 22:5 Isaiah 60:19 : Is 2:5; 9:2 Isaiah 60:19 : Is 41:16; 45:25; Zech 2:5 Isaiah 60:20 : Is 30:26 Isaiah 60:20 : Is 35:10; 65:19; Rev 21:4 Isaiah 60:21 : Is 45:24, 25; 52:1 Isaiah 60:21 : Ps 37:11, 22; Is 57:13; 61:7 Isaiah 60:21 : Is 19:25; 29:23; 45:11; 64:8 Isaiah 60:21 : Is 61:3 Isaiah 60:22 : Is 10:22; 51:2


Second Reading: Luke 1:39-56


Mary Visits Elizabeth

 39Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to (A)the hill country, to a city of Judah,

 40and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

 41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was (B)filled with the Holy Spirit.

 42And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

 43"And how has it happened to me, that the mother of (C)my Lord would come to me?

 44"For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.

 45"And (D)blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord."

The Magnificat

 46And Mary said:
         "(E)My soul (F)exalts the Lord,
    47And (G)my spirit has rejoiced in (H)God my Savior.
    48"For (I)He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
         For behold, from this time on all generations will count me (J)blessed.
    49"For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
         And holy is His name.
    50"(K)AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION
         TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
    51"(L)He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
         He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
    52"He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
         And has (M)exalted those who were humble.
    53"(N)HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS;
         And sent away the rich empty-handed.
    54"He has given help to Israel His servant,
         In remembrance of His mercy,
    55(O)As He spoke to our fathers,
         (P)To Abraham and his descendants forever."

 56And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

Cross references:Luke 1:39 : Josh 20:7; 21:11; Luke 1:65 Luke 1:41 : Luke 1:67; Acts 2:4; 4:8; 9:17 Luke 1:43 : Luke 2:11 Luke 1:45 : Luke 1:20, 48 Luke 1:46 : 1 Sam 2:1-10 Luke 1:46 : Ps 34:2 Luke 1:47 : Ps 35:9; Hab 3:18 Luke 1:47 : 1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25 Luke 1:48 : Ps 138:6 Luke 1:48 : Luke 1:45 Luke 1:50 : Ps 103:17 Luke 1:51 : Ps 98:1; 118:15 Luke 1:52 : Job 5:11 Luke 1:53 : Ps 107:9 Luke 1:55 : Gen 17:19; Ps 132:11; Gal 3:16 Luke 1:55 : Gen 17:7


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