January 4th, 2019

Christmastide XI

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Is. 63:15-65:2

A Prayer of Penitence

    15 Look down from heaven,
      And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious.
      Where are Your zeal and Your strength,
      The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me?
      Are they restrained?
       16 Doubtless You are our Father,
      Though Abraham was ignorant of us,
      And Israel does not acknowledge us.
      You, O LORD, are our Father;
      Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
       17 O LORD, why have You made us stray from Your ways,
      And hardened our heart from Your fear?
      Return for Your servants’ sake,
      The tribes of Your inheritance.
       18 Your holy people have possessed it but a little while;
      Our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.
       19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled,
      Those who were never called by Your name.

 1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens!
      That You would come down!
      That the mountains might shake at Your presence—
       2 As fire burns brushwood,
      As fire causes water to boil—
      To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
      That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
       3 When You did awesome things for which we did not look,
      You came down,
      The mountains shook at Your presence.
       4 For since the beginning of the world
      Menhave not heard nor perceived by the ear,
      Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
      Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
       5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
      Who remembers You in Your ways.
      You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—
      In these ways we continue;
      And we need to be saved.
       6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
      And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
      We all fade as a leaf,
      And our iniquities, like the wind,
      Have taken us away.
       7 And there is no one who calls on Your name,
      Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
      For You have hidden Your face from us,
      And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
       8 But now, O LORD,
      You are our Father;
      We are the clay, and You our potter;
      And all we are the work of Your hand.
       9 Do not be furious, O LORD,
      Nor remember iniquity forever;
      Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!
       10 Your holy cities are a wilderness,
      Zion is a wilderness,
      Jerusalem a desolation.
       11 Our holy and beautiful temple,
      Where our fathers praised You,
      Is burned up with fire;
      And all our pleasant things are laid waste.
       12 Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O LORD?
      Will You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?

The Righteousness of God’s Judgment

 1 “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
      I was found by those who did not seek Me.
      I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’
      To a nation that was not called by My name.
       2 I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people,
      Who walk in a way that is not good,
      According to their own thoughts;

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · Luke 2:41-52

The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars

    41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother[a] did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

Jesus Advances in Wisdom and Favor

    51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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