January 4th, 2019

Christmastide XI

First Reading: Is. 63:15-65:2

 15 Look down from heaven and see
       from your lofty throne, holy and glorious.
       Where are your zeal and your might?
       Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.

 16 But you are our Father,
       though Abraham does not know us
       or Israel acknowledge us;
       you, O LORD, are our Father,
       our Redeemer from of old is your name.

 17 Why, O LORD, do you make us wander from your ways
       and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?
       Return for the sake of your servants,
       the tribes that are your inheritance.

 18 For a little while your people possessed your holy place,
       but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.

 19 We are yours from of old;
       but you have not ruled over them,
       they have not been called by your name. [a]

 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
       that the mountains would tremble before you!

 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
       and causes water to boil,
       come down to make your name known to your enemies
       and cause the nations to quake before you!

 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
       you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

 4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
       no ear has perceived,
       no eye has seen any God besides you,
       who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
       who remember your ways.
       But when we continued to sin against them,
       you were angry.
       How then can we be saved?

 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
       and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
       we all shrivel up like a leaf,
       and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

 7 No one calls on your name
       or strives to lay hold of you;
       for you have hidden your face from us
       and made us waste away because of our sins.

 8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.
       We are the clay, you are the potter;
       we are all the work of your hand.

 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD;
       do not remember our sins forever.
       Oh, look upon us, we pray,
       for we are all your people.

 10 Your sacred cities have become a desert;
       even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.

 11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you,
       has been burned with fire,
       and all that we treasured lies in ruins.

 12 After all this, O LORD, will you hold yourself back?
       Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

Judgment and Salvation
 1 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
       I was found by those who did not seek me.
       To a nation that did not call on my name,
       I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'

 2 All day long I have held out my hands
       to an obstinate people,
       who walk in ways not good,
       pursuing their own imaginations-

Footnotes:Isaiah 63:19 Or We are like those you have never ruled, / like those never called by your name

Second Reading: Luke 2:41-52

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

 41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

 49"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" 50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.


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