Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Daily readings November 29-December 5

Daily Lectionary
November 29 Isaiah 5:1—25; 1 Peter 1:1–12
November 30 (St. Andrew) Isaiah 6:1—7:9; 1 Peter 2:13–25
December 1 Isaiah 7:10—8:8; 1 Peter 3:1–22
December 2 Isaiah 8:9—9:7; 1 Peter 4:1–19
December 3 Isaiah 9:8—10:11; 1 Peter 5:1–14
December 4 Isaiah 10:12–27a, 33–34; 2 Peter 1:1–21
December 5 Isaiah 11:1—12:6; 2 Peter 2:1–22


The Day on which our Lord will return is a “great and dreadful Day” (Malachi 4:1–6). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will “burn them up.” The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in. “Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:25–36) Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness is bringing healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures (Romans 15:4–13) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus’ coming. Then, by God’s grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son that by His coming we may be given to serve You with cleansed minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Malachi 4:1–6 [The great and dreadful day of the Lord]
Epistle: Romans 15:4–13 [The God of patience, comfort, and hope]
Holy Gospel: Luke 21:25–36 [Your redemption draws near]

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